What Scared You When You Were a Child?

I don't know when it was exactly, but I saw Stephen King's Carrie on TV when I was a kid. I don't remember if I saw the whole thing, or just the end, but it definitely stuck with me. In particular the end.


SPOILER FOR A MOVIE RELEASED IN 1976:
The scene at the end, (Sue Snell's nightmare) when Carrie reaches up through rocks of her grave and grabs Sue Snell, stayed with me.

That scene scared me so much that whenever I thought about it, I wouldn't want to walk on the floor. I can remember on more than one occasion jumping from one piece of furniture to another, trying to reach my bed without setting foot on the ground.


What scared you as a kid, and how long did it affect you?

 

Comments:



Margaret Thatcher petrified me, and the fact that she's still alive continues to petrify. But she's old and infirm now, proof that only the good die young.



Washington
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:11 am

Eilonwy

An old movie called, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" with Kim Darby. These demon like creatures (with skull like prune faces) were released from a fireplace in the basement of Kim Darby's house. They would whisper.."Can you see them, Sally ... hiding in the shadows. They're alive, Sally. They want you to be one of them when the lights go out."



Connecticut
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:48 am

Lollwlw

Pictures of Egyptian mummies, real or fake. Had a bit of an Egyptian History obsession and mum let me watch a couple of horror movies when I was a *little* too young, managed to convince myself many times that Tutankhamun was coming to get me in my bed. But surely this is a rational fear?



Wisconsin
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:50 am



Growing up, my dad rented a movie titled Parasite(20 something years ago). One scene had a one of the little creatures busting out of the face of one of the actors. To this day, that scene creeps me out.



Maine
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:52 am



I was scared of two completely ridiculous things. The first one was a particularly malevolent muppet who appeared in one episode of The Muppet Show. The main thing was a series of sketches in The Two Ronnies television programme entitled "The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town". People still mock me for this. I am still petrified of it. I am 28 years old.



Maryland
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:53 am



That damn clown doll from Poltergeist. I was only 6 or 7 when I saw that, and I hated clowns for a long time after that. What's worse is that the light switch cover for the basement light was an obnoxious smiling clown face, you pushed it's nose to turn on the light. Yeah, that's a great feeling going down there after looking at the clownface.



Connecticut
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:24 am

Ben

There is a scene in Watcher in the Woods (A disney "horror" movie) where a girl gets trapped underwater. I would not bathe for weeks after that, eventually necessitating my graduating from "bath" to "shower". There are many other scenes in that movie that scared the crap out of me, but that one takes the cake.



North Carolina
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:45 am

chubb

the day after, the early 80s movie about nuclear war. i am still having nuke nightmares 25 years later.



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:50 am



IT combined two of my strongest childhood fears into one movie: clowns and spiders. I struggle to come up with something more terrifying than a giant gross sewer spider that disguises itself as a clown. Bad. And. Worse.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:15 am



As a kid I once got whacked in the face by an automatic door, and for years afterwards I hesitated to go through automatic doors for fear they'd close on me.



Maine
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:22 am

HDizzle

When I was little, my parents read me a book about this duckling getting sucked down a drain that was open for maintenance (nice story, right?). Even though the duck was fine in the story, I refused to get in swimming pools or take baths, and even hated walking down the street because of the gutters.



North Carolina
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:28 am

chrissylte

Remember that TV show called "In Search Of"? They did an alien abduction show that scared me for years! I was sure that a slimy green hand was going to reach through my window to abduct me. I moved my bed to the middle of my room and kept it there for years.



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:31 am



The Punky Brewster episode with the haunted indian cave, specifically the scene where Allen's head pops out of the wall. I couldn't close my eyes in the shower to wash my hair so I had to dip my head into the water backwards and let the water run down the back.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:42 am



The ghost and mr. chicken. Seriously. And I was like 10 years old too. I don't know what was wrong with me. Oh - also the first gulf war....I had nightmares about iraqis for years!



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:44 am

ak all the way

there were train tracks across our field behind our house, and i always thought hobos would jump of the train, come to our house, come in, and kill me.



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:45 am

Shannon M

When I was about 7, I was standing in our bathroom (on the second floor, at the back of the house) late at night and looked out the window and in the parking lot of the apartment building behind our back yard, there was a random guy standing there, facing our house. It just creeps me out and made me afraid of the dark. Don't know why it made me afraid of the dark, just did.



Alabama
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:51 am

Pete

The movie Fire in the Sky absolutely terrified me. Or pretty much anything involving alien abduction when I was a kid. Unsolved Mysteries would occasionally go down that road as well (shiver).



West Virginia
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:57 am

tmulli

Chucky. I never even saw any of the movies. It was just the trailers that did it for me. I can't look at a doll with those googly glass eyes the same way since. My older cousins played on this fear one time. In my grandfather's scary old basement, he had a typewriter. One of them typed on a page, "Chucky's going to KILL you!" and then they showed it to me. Eek.



Indiana
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:58 am



The Abominable Snowman from Rudolph. Every year after I watched that, I was convinced that he was in my closet. My younger brother was afraid of KISS (and pretty much everything else).



Maryland
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:02 am

chaosmomm

same thing that scares me now...bugs. but only the Bad Bugs...not the Good Bugs. (also, i am not from Hawaii. i'm canadian, but apparently the provinces don't represent, so i picked where i WISHED i was from...which is weird, cuz they have some huge ass bugs there!)



Hawaii
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:05 am

Milee

The movie Troll (came out in the late 80's); there's this scene where a little blonde girl is bouncing a ball in the basement. I've been scared of basements (and the space under the stairs) ever since!!



Wisconsin
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:05 am

Rick

Jaws. I was 7 when it came out, and I was living in Florida... A place that's fairly beach-centric. But never mind the beach; I was scared of the toilet. I was sure Jaws was going to come through the pipes and chomp me. Same goes for the bathtub, sinks, and pitchers of water.



Washington
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:14 am



My dad hung this old bedspread with a gigantic lion's head on the wall facing my bed in my bedroom. I don't know what he was thinking. Every night for about a year I was terrorized by this 7-foot-tall snarling lion head coming out of the wall.



Utah
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:18 am

dfs

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Alabama
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:19 am

wendo27

The bathroom in my grandparents house had wallpaper that looked like news print. There was one add where the woman scared the crap out of me. She had these crazy eyes that followed you everywhere, and the pattern repeated so she was literally everywhere. I used to run past the door, and make my twin sister accompany me to the bathroom. It bothered me into college when they sold the house



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:21 am

SiloMunke

I saw Jaws when I was 7 (Thanks, Dad!) and for years after I was afraid of swimming in lakes, pools, and even the the bath tub in fear of that shark being able to somehow get into that container of water and rip off my legs and eat me.



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:31 am



I convinced myself that there were "dark creatures" that could only live in the dark in my basement. While you could kill them by turning on the light without warning, the surviving creatures would take it out on you the next time you touched the dark. I took to warning the creatures whenever I turned the light on (in their native language, of course). This lasted to an embarrassing age



Washington DC
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:42 am



My grandparents had a bust of JFK at the top of some creepy, steep stairs. It freaks me out to think of it now, 35 years later.



Kansas
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:51 am

februarymakeup

ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. Most specifically, I was afraid to SIT IN CHAIRS, because in school we watched the movie with Michael J. Fox where they irradiate the monkeys, and I spent a fair bit of time being scared to death that someone was going to irradiate me.



Ohio
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:57 am



my brother...he acted like freddie cruger (he has the gloves) and would attack me from the top bunk



Arizona
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:59 am

brian

These movies: Airplane. The scene where the eggs come out of the girl's mouth. 9-to-5. The scene where they're roasting Dabney Coleman over a spit. (Thank you Dolly Parton.) Temple of Doom. Monkey Brains. There were a LOT of other things, but these are probably the most ridiculous.



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:02 am

Kevin

The shower in the downstairs bathroom in my childhood home had these speckled tiles. In one tile, you could clearly make out a child's face and hand pressed against the inside of the tile, looking out. The face was about 1 inch tall, but that's all it took to keep me out of the shower well into my teens.



New Mexico
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:02 am



Ants. Ants, the movie. Ants, the animal. Ants, the antagonist of one particular Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark teen short story. They crawl into your nose and eat your body out from the inside. Fact.



Texas
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:04 am

Smash

In 1980, (aged 7) watching Phantasm on cable scared me. I really hated the idea of going to funerals after that movie.



Michigan
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:23 am



The song Tubular Bells from The Exorcist. I was nine when the movie was released and too young to see it (not that I would have), but I knew what it was about and I knew the song was from it. My brother listened to the radio when we went to sleep, and the station (either KKDJ or KMET in So Cal) played that damn song every night. I was sure that it somehow prepped me for possession.



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:23 am

dan

A 60 minutes episode on crazy chiropractors who said they could cure cancer. The sound of the people's backs cracking scares me to this day - I would never see a chiropractor.



Ohio
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:30 am



The movie Creep, it is a really ridiculous British horror movie about this mutated sewer dwelling man. Sooooo disturbing, though. I still hate going down to the basement at work because it reminds me of the sewers in the movie.



Michigan
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:34 am

pangs

Hippies. Seriously. When I was a wee lad, my mom always told me not to go into the forest preserve after dark because of the hippies. I had no idea what hippies were and she never elaborated, but this dire warning put all sorts of nightmarish thoughts in my head. Little did I know that she was referring to people like my sister.



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:38 am



A Fantasy Island episode (late 70's I guess? Whenever that was on.) In one episode this woman walked down a long staircase and at the bottom she stood in front of a mirror which showed her reflection as a skeleton. I was freaked out by mirrors in dark rooms for decades after that. Jaws was also bad. Any body of water made me nervous. Even pools.



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:45 am



The monkey from the trailer for the old movie Monkey Shines. It was one of those toy monkeys that banged on the drums. Terrified of monkeys for years after.



Connecticut
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:53 am

hambox!

My best friend was Catholic and she'd tell bible stories about wars and retribution and hellfire, ghost story-style. Totally frightening, especially when I'd have to accompany the family to Mass the next morning.



Arizona
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:55 am

scottfinn

Newspaper ads for the movie "Beyond the Door". It was an Exorcist ripoff, and when I eventually saw the movie, it was far from scary. However, the ads were in the paper when I was 6, and the visual of the creepy lady's face just haunted me when I closed my eyes. It's not so scary now. http://www.horrortheatervideo.com/beyondthedoorposter.jpg



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:00 am



I was scared of people. Talking to them, walking up to them, interacting with them. Strangers were dangerous. I remember being too scared to buy a toy at Christmas with some money I got as a present, because I thought the clerk would yell at me and tell me to get out of the store. I got over it. Thankfully. I am from Canada, so I picked Alaska. Its north.



Alaska
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:00 am

davidfg

The thing at the beginning of the first "Star Trek" movie where the transporter malfunctions and those being transported end up being all mangled/rearranged or something. Scary!



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:09 am

AiboPet2003

A movie when I was REAL young(like 6)...and since I didn't know what movie it was, I just about jumped out of my skin about three years ago(and I'm 42)..when I heard and then SAW the heartbeat these dissembodied brains complete with spinal cords made. There was a scene where these brains were tearing the wood apart over a door or something to get at "the girl". Afraid of dark for YEARS!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:09 am

Anthony

When I was like 7 years old I had a book about famous ghosts that I had taken out of my elementary school's library. There was a whole chapter about Abraham Lincoln's ghost. He was such a creepy looking guy to begin with that the idea of his ghost really freaked me out. Also, I started watching Twin Peaks when it was first on tv (I was 10). The 'BOB' character still scares me.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:13 am

McGruber

Lindsay Lohan



Missouri
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:18 am

Alaska is closest to Canada

Losing my knees. My family had me convinced that if I didn't hold onto my knees when we drove over train tracks that my knees would fall off. For years when we drove we'd all yell out "Hold onto your knees" when crossing train tracks. I only did it once in highschool with friends when I realized that no one else did this.



Alaska
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:26 am



The scariest thing ever was the Gilligan's Island episode where the giant black spider lived in a cave!



Virginia
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:27 am



Salem's Lot - the floating kid vampires and the kid in the coffin.



Texas
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:30 am



Thanks to the Howling series of movies & An American Werewolf in London, I still suffer a debilitating fear of werewolves. I "know" they're not real, but if a twig cracks behind me outside at night I always start running just in case it's a werewolf behind me!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:34 am



Watching Aliens as a kid. I hadn't even seen the original. The scene of the woman stuck to the wall whispering "kill meeeee" before the obligatory chestburster was the source of nightmares for months.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:45 am

Heywood

Old wood or coal fed furnaces (the kind with the cast iron grates that looked like teeth) in creepy basements. I always thought people burned bodies in there.



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:46 am



In the movie Macabre (1958/9), there is a scene towards the end of the film where the child's casket is opened and the camera zooms in on the doll thing and it appears as though the child/doll is severely decomposed with it's head smashed in -- horrible dreams.



Maryland
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:49 am



Anything involving people peeking in my window.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:49 am

Michelle W.

CHUCKIE! I wouldn't go anywhere by myself for months after watching Child's play! I was also always just afraid of the dark. until like... 4 years ago? sometimes it still hits me when i am in a scary dark place alone!



Oregon
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:52 am



Commercials for the movie "Dummy". The dummy sat on a stool with a spotlight on him, talking. (Obviously, without a dummy operator nearby.) This was before the widespread use of remote controls, so when this commercial would come on, I would freak out and cover my ears while some other family member would jump up and turn the channel on the set. Scary! I hate dolls now because of this.



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:54 am



Clowns - Thanks to It BlueJays - Thanks to my grandfather who told me that blue jays are worse than vultures because they don't wait for you to die when they start eating you. Cannibals - Thank you Grandma for letting me watch Silence of the Lambs when I was WAY too young The Poop Monk Monster - My cousins told me that a horible blind zombie lived in the Porto-potties.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:56 am

owEn

I don't remember the specifics, but it was a Halloween episode of Punky Brewster where everyone's face was somehow stuck in a rock wall. It was way too creepy for a kids show...



Missouri
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:04 am

Bestaimee

1. Saw "Alien" while sitting on my dad's lap. When the creature first attaches itself to the astronaut my father took that opportunity to flail about with his arms and legs noodling all over me. 2. Pyscho shower scene. I showered with the curtain open for months. Cleaning up afterwards was worth the piece of mind. 3. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series of books-still scary.



Texas
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:12 am

milytivers

I was afraid that in the middle of the night my floor would turn into a giant hole that I wouldn't be able to see because my room was so dark. I would climb off the end of my bed and walk around the perimeter of my room to reach the door. Also, I was afraid that I'd go blind in the middle of the night but not be able to tell because it was so dark. PS: My state is spelled incorrectly.



Kentucy
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:14 am

redplanet

Volcanos. When I was little, I was terrified a volcano would come up under our house. Reading the true story of Paricutín didn't assuage my terror. I begged my parents not to drive past the ancient cinder cone Mt. Capulin in New Mexico, because I was sure it would erupt at any moment. I still refuse to go anywhere with active volcanos.



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:20 am



Brad Childress as the head coach of the MN Vikings!



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:21 am

Edward

Two things: Nuclear Holocaust and sleeping on my stomach. The first is self-explanatory but the second came about after reading The Amityville Horror. Apparently the family got killed at 3:15A while sleeping on their stomachs with their hands behind their backs. For years (and kind of to this day), I'd get scared if I found myself trying to fall asleep on my stomach.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:27 am

Stefan

Clowns. Also, a "Visible Frog" model kit my aunt got me for Christmas. Ever open up a Christmas present that you dropped and ran away from screaming?



Oregon
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:39 am



1969, the giant old elephant with the one bloodshot eye at the PIttsburgh zoo. It was behind bars (old school jail style zoo) and chained to the floor, but that just emphasized that it surely could break through and kill everyone. I have to go. Recalling has scared me again.



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:39 am

Alexis

Being kidnapped. Every year at school the police chief came in and showed us this video about not talking to strangers. I was TERRIFIED walking home from school, I thought every person I passed wanted to take me. By the time the fear started to ease up, it was time to watch that video again. I'm still secretly a little scared of strangers... especially at night.



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:42 am



Once while visiting a relative, a bunch of neighborhood kids showed me a picture in a book of a somewhat-scary man, and told me that if he touched me, I would die. If I touched him with a shovel, even, I would die. Freaked me right the hell out. I started planning how I would stop breathing and pretend to be dead if the man ever came into my room at night.



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:04 pm

dweezil

I was about 3 when I walked in on my dad watching Jaws and saw the guy who got his arm bit off. 22 years later, I still won't watch that movie.



West Virginia
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:09 pm



The movie Gremlins. Or any mention of them, actually. I must've been about six when it came on TV and I was able to make it up until they actually show the first Gremlin when I ran out of the room screaming. To this day, I have not seen the rest of the movie (nor do I want to), and I get really freaked out when I see pictures of them.



Maine
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:18 pm



The Golden Book, "The Saggy Baggy Elephant". The elephant had all of this saggy wrinkled skin and There was an aligator who wanted to eat him all up. After that book I was scared of old people who had lots of wrinkles and saggy skin too.



Missouri
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:19 pm



One episode of Fantasy Island. I know I only saw a minute of it so I'm sure it couldn't have been scary, it was Fantasy Island for heavens sake. But, man was I scared forever. Weird.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:22 pm



I grew up on a farm, and had to help out with plucking the butchered chickens. One chicken must have gotten the ax just above the voicebox and with a lungfull of air. As I plucked it, I must have squeezed its' chest and it went "brrrraaaaaa". I think I jumped 10 feet in the air and ran another hundred. Chickens gave me the creeps anyway, and now one was talking to me from the beyond!



Kansas
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:23 pm



Frankenstein never scared me. Marsupials did. Because they're fast.



Missouri
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:26 pm



Sleastaks. Land of the Lost. Nuff said.



Iowa
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:44 pm

Dick

There was an outer limits episode where some lady was being chased around her house and terrorized by an Afican Warrior Fetish doll. I've seen it since, and man is it ever corny to me now, but I had nightmares about that damned evil doll for months afetrwards.



South Carolina
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:52 pm

johnny satanic

a creepy artistic rendition of the human nervous system from the Life Science Library "The Body". i wish i could google image a scan, it really was ƒ*¢ked up. it was the title page for a chapter called something like "The Unsleeping Body". note: the poltergeist clown is at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas!!!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 12:59 pm



I can no f**in' believe somebody has the same one as me: the Fantasy Island Episode where the woman's reflection is a skeleton. That scared me for YEARS afterwards and I was afraid to look into the mirror for too long. And the movie Halloween.



Idaho
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:01 pm

MeanDean

Jet airplanes. I grew up very close to Miramar Naval Air Station and F-15s (or whatever they were) would fly right over our back yard. I hated the noise and the giant silver things booming right over my swingset.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:01 pm



Ah yes, the "outer limits episode where some lady was being chased around her house and terrorized by an Afican Warrior Fetish doll". If the chain was removed from its neck, it would come alive. That was scaaarrrrry!!!! Also, the trailer for the movie "It's Alive". Never saw the movie, but the trailer was scary enough...



New Hampshire
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:03 pm



I read the Amityville horror when I was way too young. gave me nightmares



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:43 pm



Purple smurfs, GNAP, GNAP!



Hawaii
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:44 pm



Chucky. never saw any of the movies all the way through, could never make it. plus dolls of any kind scared the crap out of me. it didn't help that my brother had one of those "my buddy" dolls that looked just like a normal, nonmutilated chucky. oh and i cried the first time i saw a trailer for the Nightmare Before Christmas and said i never wanted to see it, but now i love it.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:45 pm



We're in Deleware :D



Delaware
Monday 15th of September 2008 1:59 pm

pg

E.T. Absolutely terrified me. When I first saw the movie, sometime around 1987, I couldn't sleep the entire night. E.T scared me for years afterwards. Only in the last 2-3 years have I been able to even look at a picture of ET without getting scared and having to look away.



Wisconsin
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:08 pm



The movie Phantasm scared me to death when I was 10. The ending where the guy reaches out of the full length mirror did it. I didn't close my door with the mirror on it for about 3 years.



Florida
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:23 pm

tom

The cracks between the boards on the Pier. It took me years to just look up and walk to the end.



Nebraska
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:28 pm

mredmundson

Clocks. We had this really loud grandfather clock in the hall right outside my bedroom and all night long I could hear the 'CCCHK CCCHK CCCCHK' of the second hand ticking and I would start to picture an army of monsters slowly marching down the sidewalk. To this day a when it gets quiet and I hear a clock ticking it gives me goosebumps.



South Dakota
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:29 pm



I can't believe nobody has brought up It's Alive! I was about 7, and I remember my Dad watched that movie with me trying to sleep on his couch. He told me to just roll over so as not to watch the movie. I think that was worse, just listening to the audio part. I just peed a little thinking about it.



Montana
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:32 pm



I watched a show about alien abductions and there was a lady who saw a bright light coming in her bedroom window and suddenly "beings" appeared in her room, paralyzed her, then began sticking needles in her eyes. Needless to say I was terrified to look at my bedroom window at night.



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:33 pm

girlalive

I was a thick-skinned kid, not afraid of much. Except for rabid dogs. To this day the only Stephen King book that ever seriously creeped me out was Cujo.



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:36 pm



My parents told me the bad girl farm would come get me, I associated the farm with a garbage truck that would come around 7 am every morning. I spent a lot of my time under my bed as a child...



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:43 pm

Captain Angry

The kids in elementary school used to freak each other out over a legend of "Bloody Mary." You had to go into the bathroom with the lights out, stand in front of the mirror, say her name 10 times with your eyes closed, then open your eyes you would see her, and probably be killed by her. Course being that bleary eyed, just seeing your own reflection would pretty much make you shit urself



Maryland
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:50 pm



Some B-grade movie where a kid has a ventriloquist's dummy that has magical powers. I have no idea whether it's all in my head, but I'd swear the dummy wore a tuxedo and looked just like George Burns.



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 2:59 pm

Tim

It would have to be "the Omen" I was at a fgiends house when I was 8 or so and saw some of it when his brother was watching. I spent the next 3 years or so thinking there was a big raven behind the door (pretty much any door, but especially the bathroom one) all ready to peck my eyes out. Just writing about it now puts a huge pit in my stomach & makes me nervous.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:03 pm

Shivers

Zombies. My stupid dad played Resident Evil in front of me all the time.



Washington
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:10 pm



I'd have to say the movie "The Exorsist". I had a baby sitter that made me watch it in about 78' on HBO. I was 5 at the time. I remember not sleeping for at least a week. Otherwise the tv movie "The day after". I watched it about a month ago and it was still a little scary..



Wisconsin
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:13 pm

MaryBeth

I have to admit Jaws wigged the crap out me too. My dad had to give me Valium to go to sleep after my 3rd night wide awake. Then when I did sleep I dreamt I lived in a world where there was water everywhere and the only way to get around was to walk across these spindly piers... yeah, that's right, so Jaws could jump right out of the water to get you...



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:20 pm



The lameness that has become this website scares me a lot. What happened to the regular "How Much Is Inside"? Haven't seen one of those in years! No pranks lately? Can I get an "Amen"?



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:21 pm



Drilling.



Alaska
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:26 pm



The 70' movie "Gargoyles". When the gargoyle peeked over the foot of the bed in the motel room, I about came unglued. Couldn't sleep with any overhang at all for weeks.



New Mexico
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:29 pm



Didn't know I was alone in the E.T. thing. Even the atari game is a bit creepy. Mostly the sticker/box art. For as much as Steven Speilberg messes around with adding walkie talkies and computer animated aliens, I would have loved to see the movie redone with a fully animated computer E.T. Somehow computer E.T. doesn't get to me the same way.



Kentucy
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:31 pm



There was a red plastic footstool in the bathroom, so I could reach the sink. I was afraid monsters would come out of it after I flushed the toilet.



Maryland
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:33 pm



When I was about 6 I saw a special on mummies on the Discovery Channel. It freaked me out so much that for weeks I had to sleep in my parents room and made someone accompany me every where I went. I even made my mom stand outside the bathroom door so she could come save me if she heard me scream. I don't know why I thought there would be a mummy in the bathroom...



New Mexico
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:42 pm



Headhunters. at 5 years old I would lie in bed with the covers pulled up to my neck so that they would think that someone had already cut it off.



Florida
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:42 pm



Less than what scares me now. Snakes, big spiders and heights then. Now I have all these stupid rational fears like serious injury, car accidents, family dying... bah



South Dakota
Monday 15th of September 2008 3:44 pm



The wheelchair that chased George C. Scott in The Changeling. Incredible use of mood, music, suspense and letting the audience scare itself silly. Guhhh.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:08 pm

Jordan

The first really scary movie I saw was "Poltergeist". We rented and watched the VHS tape at home. I was probably 9 or 10, but I guess my parents decided I was old enough. I was afraid to go to sleep for weeks, and continued to have occasional nightmares for years afterward. There are scenes in that movie that still creep me out to this day.



Washington
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:11 pm



PSA Flight 182 crashed near my house in San Diego in 1978. I saw things that no kid my age should ever have to. For years I would cringe in terror whenever I heard a jet flying over my house.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:21 pm



Sirens. My mom was always telling me that if I didn't clean up my closet it would cause a house fire. It was a huge closet that had a vent from our furnace running through it. In winter it was nice and warm to lean against. I did have a lot of flammable crap in there and it's a miracle we didn't have a fire. Every time there were sirens I'd get hysterical from fear.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:33 pm



We had a fishtank in the hall between my bedroom and the bathroom, with this big, old, ugly oscar fish that never seemed to move, just breathe in and out. It would always be on the side of the tank closest to my room when I was in there and then it would move to the other side when I was in the bathroom. I was convinced it was going to jump out of the tank and eat me one day..



Minnesota
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:36 pm



Amityville Horror...I was scared to flush the toilet. I would stand as far away as my arms would allow, flush and run. Unrelated, I still have to sleep with the covers over my neck just in case a vampire visits during the night!



Ohio
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:42 pm



The trailer for the movie "Susperia"-- a girl is brushing her hair facing away from the camera and there is a creepy voice over/ sing song "roses are red...violets are blue...violets are flowers...AND THE END OF YOU!" and the girl turns around and her face is a skull.Also, a Maurice Sendak cartoon on Sesame Street-- about a little boy who is left home alone and lets in "the Nine Swines".



New Jersey
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:42 pm



When my younger sister was in elementary school, she was in some sort of little play where they kept singing the same non-sensical chorus over and over again. It was something like: "Tiki-tiki-tembo-mo-sorembo-ichi-ichi-pow-pow-pip-perry-pembo". Every time she sang it around the house, I would be very deeply disturbed by it and I had no idea why. It wasn't until I finally saw her play...



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:51 pm



Those big black guard things in the movie Dark Crystal terrified me, they looked like giant cockroaches. Ack!!



Nevada
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:52 pm



...that I realized why it bothered me. Years earlier I had seen the same story on 'Lambchop'. It was about a boy who fell down a well, but his name was so long it took forever to explain that he fell down the well. So he drowned. As a kid, his death bothered me, and apparently it stuck with me for years after.



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:52 pm

poop monk monster

the catholic church!!! Oh my!!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 4:58 pm

graboid90

I was scared of my father. I always had these weird fantasies that he would turn out to be a bank robber. Well, that turned out to be true, and now he resides in a Federal penitentiary.



Kansas
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:35 pm

sjmck

I saw an SNL skit about killer Christmas trees when I was three, and it gave me nightmares. Here's a transcript of the skit: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/76/76jtrees.phtml



Georgia
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:36 pm



Those damned flying monkeys from 'The Wizard Of Oz' scared the absolute crap out of me. I also had this thing against mirrors stemming from an episode of 'Dark Shadows' where this woman saw her reflection as a skeleton. *shudder*



Tennessee
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:38 pm

lyora

When I was 8 I was afraid of my parents mexican gardner. He use to tell me I was pretty and ask me if I had a boyfriend, and I thought maybe he was the night stalker. When the night stalker got caught, I was relieved.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:40 pm

josaphine

forgetting my webmail password



Florida
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:44 pm

Presque Isle

The big, flashing mother ship from ET scared me. I had nightmares about that thing until i was 8.



Maine
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:52 pm

Alberta

Tornadoes. I remember going to a wedding on a farm once when I was about seven. The sky turned a little dark, and I ended up spening most of the time in the outhouse praying.



Kentucy
Monday 15th of September 2008 5:54 pm



when i was little i remember watching this episode of something on pbs. it was a story about a family that was preparing for a nuclear war or trying to survive after one or something. i think it was between 1980 and 1985. i cried for days afterward because it seemed so real. sometimes i get those same feelings now.



Arizona
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:14 pm

Ando

Then: Thunder and lightning, spiders, losing my hair, and Darth Vader. Now: Democrats winning office and reinstating the inheritance tax, high interest rates on business loans, low interest rates on savings accounts and investments, spiders, and Darth Vader. (I lost my hair and T/L storms are just really cool now.



Oregon
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:18 pm



The flying monkeys, that creepy Afican Warrior Fetish doll, reruns of a show called "Highway Patrol" that starred Broderick Crawford (it was always about some escaped convict and I was home by myself). Worst of all, I was 10 when Jayne Mansfield was killed and I was so afraid of being decapitated in a car wreck that I almost couldn't ride in the car. (KenTUCY? That's really scary!)



Kentucy
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:31 pm



I think every kid has a "scary part of the house" - if you are home alone you are afraid to go near it. Mine was in the basement off in a the dark alcove where the furnace and water heater were. I'd always walk by it real quickly. Also "mean" dogs.



Idaho
Monday 15th of September 2008 6:45 pm



I saw the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on television and those Oompa-Loompas screwed me up for weeks. But they were nothing compared to watching Violet getting filled up with blueberry juice after eating that gum. That scene took therapy to get past.



Ohio
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:03 pm

Rot N Roll

well, let's see. Clowns. my brothers -forced- me to watch IT and Attack of The Killer Clowns in one night. Walking sticks, preying mantises. that scene in PeeWee's big adventure where large marge's face goes all claymation (rewound constantly by my older brothers) and Jaws in the swimming pool. i was convinced he entered as soon as my brothers turned off the light (which they did often)



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:04 pm

Suz

As a kid I saw a commercial for a 70s movie called "Tarantula." The scene: a woman hanging from a chandelier in the middle of a room; the tarantulas covered the floor and were crawling up the walls and up over the ceiling towards her. I had nightmares for weeks. Spiders still scare the bejesus out of me. I see them on TV, have to do a scan of the room and lift my feet off the floor.



New Hampshire
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:17 pm



My parents scared the living bejeezus out of us by telling us about the mark of the beast. A friend of mine says her parents did the same thing to her as a kid, and made her watch the left behind series as a kid.



Arizona
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:19 pm



Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I was 3 and my cousins had taped it and used to play it to scare the crap out of me. Then when I was a bit older, the promos for the "It" mini-series.



Kentucy
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:29 pm



IT



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:30 pm

Claire

I was scared for the longest time by an episode of a Little Mermaid series on Disney. I was afraid that I would be grabbed by evil sea monsters through the drain whenever I was in the bath and put in a underwater jail with alligators. I was more scared by the alligators than drowning, really.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:40 pm



Inexplicably, handicapped people. This has died down a lot but I'm still a bit unsettled by people with those silly artificial limbs that sit smack in the uncanny valley.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:45 pm



"jodie" the demon from the movie "The Amityville Horror" pretty much did me in for YEARS. I would not look out the window at night for fear there would be two little red eyes staring at me.



Alabama
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:46 pm



The rapture - came home from elementary school, house was wide open, no Mom. Freaked the hell out. She was across the street at the neighbors, naturally. Thanks, Jesus!



Colorado
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:52 pm



john McCain and Sarah palin...... I get goosebumps just thinkin about it



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 7:58 pm



The final scene of carrie (original), a scene from Pet Cemetary of a child on a bed whispering to her sister, the twins in the shining.



Michigan
Monday 15th of September 2008 8:38 pm



Airplane crashes.



Massachusetts
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:08 pm



Anyone in a Santa Claus suit. I was afraid my parents would make me sit on their lap so they could get a damn picture of me crying.



Ohio
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:14 pm



Swamps. Then I started having a dream over and over and still do, dead trees sticking out, no leaves, no land in sight, not knowing how deep it is. We would always end up there because our car could not make it up a super steep hill and we'd slide down to the swamp.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:16 pm

Mo

Someone thought it would be a good idea to give my brother and me a totally creepy painting of a clown to decorate our room. So my mom hung it up, and for like two weeks I had nightmares that the clown was climbing out of the picture and chasing me. It promptly went into the back of the closet, facing the wall.



Florida
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:27 pm

Obama cultist

Democrats. I shiver in terror to this day.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:39 pm

mad_one

The darkness used to scare me most days because I was always afraid of who might be there. Kidnappers, ninjas, anyone. Nocturnal paranoia is fun. It's still there, too (17 now, so that's not that long), but not as bad. Also, most ghost movies had me on end for days. There was some Stephen King tv series a few years ago, 2000-ish, called Red Rose. I think that was the worst.



Illinois
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:41 pm



Learned about the holocaust when i was too young, and was scared to death to take a shower b/c i thought it might be a death trap; also a babysitter watched "firestarter" when i was like 4 and I was terrified of fires for most of my childhood



West Virginia
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:43 pm



Band-aids. Still don't like 'em.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 9:58 pm

Kat

I used to have nightmares about hovering spy cameras, which have now been invented. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_Cypher



Indiana
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:18 pm



Cookie monster.



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:36 pm



Balloons!! They are loud, they are too unnaturally shiny and round, and the anticipation of waiting for those things to pop, and they always would, drove me absolutely bonkers with fear!



Georgia
Monday 15th of September 2008 10:37 pm



Have you noticed how many of these answers are about movies? I guess it is true that little kids shouldn't see R-rated movies. :-) My kid brother loved the movie E.T. but was terrified of the scene where E.T. runs through the forest screaming. My brother would hide behind the couch when that scene came on, or make us fast-forward past "the scary part." Took him years to get over that.



Hawaii
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:20 pm



West Virginia... it still scares me everytime I am there



West Virginia
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:21 pm

IT

WHEN I WAS A KID LIVING AT MY PARENT'S HOUSE, MY DAD KEPT A COLLECTION OF T.V. GUIDES IN THE BATHROOM. I WAS TOTALLY AFRAID OF THE PEOPLE'S PICTURES ON FRONT OF THE T.V. GUIDE. I THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD SEE ME SITTING ON THE TOILET AND WERE GOING TO START TO TALK TO ME. YEP, I THOUGHT THEY WATCHED ME SHOWER TOO. SPOOKY!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:24 pm

IT

WHEN I WAS A KID LIVING AT MY PARENT'S HOUSE, MY DAD KEPT A COLLECTION OF T.V. GUIDES IN THE BATHROOM. I WAS TOTALLY AFRAID OF THE PEOPLE'S PICTURES ON FRONT OF THE T.V. GUIDE. I THOUGHT THAT THEY COULD SEE ME SITTING ON THE TOILET AND WERE GOING TO START TO TALK TO ME. YEP, I THOUGHT THEY WATCHED ME SHOWER TOO. SPOOKY!



California
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:25 pm

JimsShip

For years as a kid I was convinced that hanging my leg between the wall and the mattress would get it pinched off by the crab-like claw of some unknown creature. This same creature could also be found waiting to grab my ankles from under the basement stairs as I decended.



New York
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:27 pm

MacG

When I was a kid at the height of the cold war, I was afraid of nuclear war and nuclear winter.



Pennsylvania
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:35 pm



Props to "The Day After" and "Fantasy Island". Anyone remember some 80's crime prevention show with choices? 'Hear a bump in the night. Should you: A. Go check it out B. Stay where you are and call 911 or C. Sneak out the window and call 911 from a friend's place?' Then it would show A and B getting confronted by the (armed) intruder. Bad choice! Very nightmare worthy!



Tennessee
Monday 15th of September 2008 11:58 pm



When I was little I had a music thing with grover's face that stuck to the side of my crib (it was convertible, so my mom took one of the sides off and I slept in it until I was at least 5). One night I dreamt it came to life and tried to eat me - I couldn't stand to look at Grover for a long time



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:18 am



The only thing I fear is fear itself.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:18 am



santa claus and large marge.



Washington
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:20 am



Thunderstorms



Wisconsin
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:32 am

Spike

The Abominable Snowman in the Matterhorn at Disneyland...I remember not riding it because of that.



Colorado
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:47 am



My crazy uncle let me watch whatever movies I wanted when I would stay at his house. I watched Pet Semetary once and the scene when the kid cuts the guys achillies(sp?) tendon from under the bed scared me so bad. I didn't mess with anything within about a 2-foot radius around my bed for years after.



Florida
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 2:33 am



Other peoples dads. I was so scared that when I slept over at someones house, that there dad would turn out to be a killer or rapist.



Nevada
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 2:45 am



Gremlins. I actually made my parents put a lock on the outside of my closet door so they wouldn't come out and get me while I was asleep.



Oklahoma
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:16 am



I was also afraid there were giant octopi under my bed.



Oklahoma
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:18 am



My uncle showed me Monty Python and the Holy Grail when i was like 4. I was terrified of rabbits for a good couple years because of it.



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:28 am



Barack Obama



Virginia
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:46 am



Your story about cash4gold being a ripoff scared me. I mean seriously, those things spam on cable, offer NO details, and want you to mail them gold. "How can it NOT be legit??" For your next daring expose, I suggest: "New! Water is wet!" Wherein you explore the fact that water is in fact wet, and noone has actually briefed you on this recently.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:48 am



Retarded people, or people with Downs Syndrome. They look & act like they've been mutated by some horrible disease or nuclear radiation. I would stay as far away from them as I could & if they did come near I'd hold my breath because obviously they were poisonous. They still freak me out a little to this day but at least I don't overreact as much.



Wisconsin
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:22 am

Palad

Bridges. As a child, and still sometimes now (though rarely) I have had nightmares of travelling across high bridges. I still get tense when I have to drive across a banked freeway bridge or overpass. Also, I was scared of my large teddy bear at night, even though I loved him during the day. I had to make sure he wasn't facing me when it was time for lights out.



Missouri
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:06 am

Palad

Oh, and one that has gotten worse over time, rather than better - I'm terrified of the democratic process. Face it - you people are a bunch of loons, and you're deciding my future. I've always hated group assignments.



Missouri
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:07 am



The Crest Cavity Monsters. I was afraid that if I didn't brush my teeth, they would come out of my closet at night and make cavities in my teeth with their jack hammers. I guess it worked because I'm 33 and have never had a cavity.



Massachusetts
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:08 am



The movie "Day of the Triffids", from back in the late 60's. The entire world went blind from looking at a meteor shower, and plants became deadly.



Alabama
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:57 am

Jim

As a child and leading into adulthood, I was absolutely TERRIFIED of going into my parents' basement, even with the lights on. Of course, my father wasn't having this for even a second, and forced me. I still get chills when I visit and see that door in the kitchen.



Wisconsin
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:16 am

Aaron

Bunsen and Beaker from "The Muppet Show" used to give me the heebie-geebies! I can still remember having a "bad feeling" about those two..



Georgia
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:19 am



Return To Oz. The Electric Shock Therapy machine at the beginning, the Wheelers, and the princess with the collection of heads... all deliciously scary and nightmare-worthy. Though the lunchpail tree continues to intrigue.



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:21 am

JJ

That exact same scene from "Carrie," the exact same way. Rob, you and I are about the same age, so we may have seen it on TV the exact same night! (sings in Sting voice:) Synchronicity.



New Hampshire
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:24 am



The movie "IT". When I seen that movie when I was a kid it made me petrified of clowns. And to this very day, I hate clowns and when I'm close to one I just want to beat the shit out of it then run away.



Oklahoma
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:16 am

Kel

I have always been terrified of crabs or pretty much anything with pinchers, but mainly crabs. It was because of my mother's boyfriend who thought it would be funny to put a dead crab under my blankets when I was like 7. Ever since then I can touch crabs. Chucky also scares the hell out of me. I saw it when I was 5 and I can never have any dolls in my room when I am sleeping.



Connecticut
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:20 am



Naturally the clown from Poltergeist. And going to bed without any covers. It could be 100 degrees and I had to have at least a sheet on me. But my brother gets the award for being frightened by the dumbest thing... the lady at the beginning of the Electric Company's opening song. "Hey you guuuuuys!". I used to not warn him it was coming and laugh when he ran to mom.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:38 am



I saw Stephen King's IT when I was about 11, and the scene where Pennywise pushes aside the tiles on the shower floor and comes up through the drain freaked me the hell out. After that, I didn't set foot in a shower for at least a couple months. I went back to taking baths.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 12:03 pm

Edward

In a horrible old Japanese movie ("War of the Gargantuans"?), the "bad" gargantuan picks a woman up and eats her, then spits out her clothes. For some reason, eating a human wasn't a bad thing to me (hey -- I had a weird childhood) but seeing the clothes spat out set me weeping with sadness for her, and left me with years of nightmares.



Oregon
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 12:11 pm



My uncle used to terrorize me with the idea of blood squirting eyeballs. So there's that. To this day people with the ability to do weird things with their eyes (flip their eyelids up, etc.) creep me out.



Utah
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 12:13 pm



I always had nightmares of being caught in gang crossfire after watching the 80's movies about gang violence in LA. I was also freaked out one day when I saw two drunk adults fighting and one choked the other unconscious, as a kid I thought I had witnessed a murder.



Arizona
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 12:34 pm

bella

I still sleep with the covers up to my chin because of the vampires (if they can't see your neck, they can't get you!)



Nebraska
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:10 pm



"Ah yes, the "outer limits episode where some lady was being chased around her house and terrorized by an Afican Warrior Fetish doll". If the chain was removed from its neck, it would come alive." That scared the crap out of me too, where she was holding the door shut and it was stabing some kind of knife under the door. *shudder* I had nightmares about that for years.



Missouri
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:13 pm

neurozach

I took the Snow White ride at Disney World when I was about six or seven. It started off looking very benign; cutesy music, and a charming mining cart theme with the Seven Dwarves' names written on the carts. It started nicely, but quickly became the stuff of nightmares; dark light, scary music, and, the coup de grace, the witch popping out of the wall with an apple and a cackle. Scary!



Arizona
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 1:26 pm

wheelzgurl

2 things... I used to never be able to use a porta potty or an escalator because of the X-Files. There was one episode where a monster hid in the porta potties and ATE PEOPLE!! Geezus!! The other one was some dude that lived in the escalator and ended up being sucked in and squished. I'm still nervous on escalators!! Oh and that movie arachnaphobia from the early 90s still scares me!



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 2:27 pm



The after midnight gremlins, for sure. For years, I was convinced that I saw their shadows next to my bed. Movie still creeps me out.



Texas
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 2:34 pm



I was terrified of my grandma's kitchen when I was little. I refused to go in because I was convinced she would push me into her oven and roast me a la Hansel and Gretel.



Colorado
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 2:51 pm



Michael Jackson's Thriller video. The part where his face changes in to a wolf-face. Oh god, I didn't sleep for weeks. I think I was 4 or 5.



Minnesota
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:06 pm



My bed's headboard had a naturally occurring knot in it. It was, and I have confirmed this with a visit to my Mom's house, the most clear and obvious vision of Satan you have ever seen. Beard, horns and all. Everytime I would open my eyes and look up, Satan was staring at me. Damn you, Ethan Allen!



Vermont
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:18 pm

eisyaJ

A painfully obvious one...cemetaries. One time my family drove past the local cemetary and there was this strange glow moving around. Then when I was 8 we moved to a house that was across the street from the cemetary. I thought my bathtub was a grave stone. I also spazzed out when I found myself singing the line "I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me." The dead people were after me.



Oklahoma
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:22 pm

Jason Adair the Unlicensed Therapist

The predictions of Nostradamus and bikers. At thirty-six, 24 years after Halley's Comet was supposed to turn the human race into cannibalistic mole people, I'm totally over my fear of Nostradamus.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:30 pm



The Crawling Hand. Its about a hand that crawls around and then jumps up and chokes people. Very lame now but scary as a little kid.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:58 pm

Gottawoody

When I was a kid in the 1950s I saw the movie “Them.” It was one of the first that used radiation from Nevada desert A-bomb testing as the rationale for insects growing into giants. In “Them” it was giant ants that killed people and dropped their bones outside the huge anthills in the desert. What scared me after seeing the movie was the sound these ants made – like many loud crickets. That in itself wasn’t scary but it was summertime and I slept with the window open next to my bed with a wooded area nearby. The nighttime cricket sounds kept waking me up in terror because of that movie. A subconscious connection like that is very hard to overcome when you’re a kid!



Illinois
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 3:59 pm



I too was scared of E.T. The thought of him would keep me awake at night. That was until my mom told me that he was just like Gumby.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 4:23 pm

Meg

I grew up in an old white Victorian. My brother thought it was a grand idea for me to watch The Shining as my first horror flick. Still can't go into the basement and I'm over 30.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 4:27 pm

Orville

CORN RUST



Indiana
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:04 pm



I used to be afraid that this Muslim would come to Chicago and get involved with extremists who bomb people and commit voter fraud and then he would somehow, after doing absolutely nothing of note, become the Democrat candidate for President of the US. But hey, that would never happen, right? Right?



Illinois
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:52 pm



I used to be afraid that Hillary Clinton would somehow pretend to have anything to do with me and somehow become a senator from me and use that to catapult herself into a spectacularly failing presidential campaign.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:53 pm



Everything.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 5:58 pm



I used to be afraid of the wolf at the end of The Neverending Story. I used to think that thing lived under my basement stairs, and was going to come out and eat me =(



New Jersey
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 6:02 pm

Doc

I had the same problem as you, only the cause was an episode of Dark Shadows where Jeremiah's hand thrusts up through his grave. (I wasn't an easily scared child. In my defense, there had been two deaths in our family in quick succession.) I didn't go near anything I couldn't see under. My family thought I was crazy. They still do, only not because of that.



Arizona
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 6:04 pm

jdjonsson

When I was six or seven, I was terrified of Bigfoot. We used to go camping in an area near the High Uintas Wilderness area, and my older friends would talk about Bigfoot being in the woods nearby. When we got home, I noticed that there was a window by the head of my bed. I always used to think that Bigfoot was outside looking at me as I slept.



Utah
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:09 pm



I used to be terrified of the child-catcher in Mary Poppins. It got worse when I heard the scrap metal man blowing his trumpet - my parents told me that it was the child catcher. Every time I heard the scrap metal man's trumpet I used to hide. Even today I feel a chill of fear every time I hear the SMM's trumpet.



Hawaii
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:39 pm

dub

There are only two things in this world that scare me, and one of them is nuclear warfare!



Florida
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 7:47 pm

Ekay

I saw Ghostbusters when I was very small (5 or 6) and was terrified of the stop-motion black demon dogs. This fear lasted until I was 18 when I *finally* watched the movie again.



South Carolina
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:01 pm



The song "Puttin' on the Ritz" (any version). I still cringe whenever I hear it.



Indiana
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:09 pm

purplevelcro

the movie "elephant" (2005?) scared the crap out of me....its about the columbine shootings. it haunted me for days



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:14 pm



When I was younger, right after Rugrats and Doug, the show "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" would come on Nickelodeon. It was rated TVY7 and I was never allowed to watch it until I turned seven. When I finally turned the magic age, I could never make through the opening titles. The image of a swing slowly swinging in the wind on a foggy night scared me to death.



Illinois
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:34 pm



The Unsolved Mysteries theme music!



Michigan
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:49 pm

Invincible

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland terrified me when I was small. It took me years to watch it all the way through, which always made it worse because I'd quit when it was the scariest and never when things were all happy again. Still gives me nightmares.



Texas
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 8:51 pm



the red bull from the movie the last unicorn. Still creeps me out to think about it.



North Dakota
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:31 pm



The opening to Tales from the Darkside- none of the actual programs bothered me, but that music and the use of images that could have been taken down the street they looked so much like where I grew up really got to me.



Ohio
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 9:41 pm



We had a house in upstate NY and it was so quiet up there at night and so dark that I was convinced someone was going to kill me while I slept. As a kid from the city, the silence completely freaked me out.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:10 pm



Ditto to Return to Oz. Scariest movie a kid with overprotective parents can watch! Also, the bloody, decaying legs of the grandma who jumped in the acid pond in Dante's Peak.



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:23 pm



Nick News made me fear that any creak or bump in the night meant that our house was either burning down or being broken into... Linda Ellerbee cost me many hours of childhood sleep.



New York
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:24 pm



I was terrified of walking barefoot on grass and I didn't get over it until I was almost 19.



Wisconsin
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:37 pm



The Sci-Fi Original Movie called The Core. It was about the earth's core stopping. /I was seriously afraid the earth's core would stop./



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 10:59 pm

Kaitlin

My grandma had this plush doll she kept on top of the hutch. If you flipped it one way, it was little red riding hood. But if you flipped it the other way, it was a terrifying-looking Big Bad Wolf in Grandma's clothes. The wolf -- white jagged teeth and angry shining eyes -- scared the hell out of me every time the laughing grown ups flipped it over. My family is sick.



Ohio
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:48 pm

Kaitlin

Hurricane Hugo. My parents and I remember well the many nights I would sneak into their bedroom with my blanket and pillow, turn the Weather Channel on, and camp out on the floor. I was both terrified and obsessed. I must not have understood that, from Ohio, the hurricane was no real threat to us. My dad says I woke him up once at 3am to ask how far away 500 miles was.



Ohio
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:51 pm



I don't remember the name of the movie but it was a British post apocalyptic film ala THE DAY AFTER but 10 times creepier. Had nightmares about it for weeks.



California
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 11:52 pm



Swimming pools. Our community pool had a cartoonish mural of sea creatures painted on the side wall. I remember one of the animals was a lobster. I thought the pictures represented animals that might live in the pool, perhaps in the deep end, which I had been warned about. I failed "grade one" of swimming lessons three times because the final test required us to jump into the pool



Michigan
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:11 am

Inc_B

I had a recurring dream where my family were in our old car driving through far north Queensland (Australia, where I grew up). We'd go through a creek then suddenly cannibals would rush out of the grass on either side, rip my dad in half and drag him off. Just recently I found a photo in a calendar of a place called Cannibal Creek that we must have driven through while moving towns once.



Texas
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:25 am



Shark Week. I still don't like to swim.



Tennessee
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:44 am



The opening credits of "The Nightmare Before Christmas". I could watch the movie ok, but every time that opening song about Halloween Town would play, I would always run and hide until it was over.



Colorado
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:49 am



There was a Sesame Street segment that always freaked out me and my sister when we were little... I still find it kind of creepy, whenever the tune pops into my head. It had this sort of circus-y music set to scenes of toys moving and walking around. At the climax of the music it showed a satellite floating in space or something, and that totally made me lose it. I don`t know why!



Alaska
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 1:12 am

dub

Carnies....Circus folk. They have very small hands.



Florida
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 3:59 am



I was, for some reason, afraid of the opening theme to the kid's TV show "You Can't Do That On Television". They were building people on a conveyor belt or something. I loved the show after I stopped being terrified of the theme, though.



Connecticut
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 4:03 am

chris baker (i gave you a bath set for one of your litter)

The dark. Also the quiet woods...especially in the dark. The scariest movie I ever watched was Blair Witch Project. The setting...in those woods scared the crap outta me. The setting was similar to the woods I grew up near and around in PA so it was eerily familiar. I walked from room to room for weeks turning one light on and the other off so that I wouldn't be in the dark.



Pennsylvania
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 7:00 am

carlhuber

Large Marge, man, Large Marge! O_O



New York
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:14 am



On day while out playing in our manor, I fell into a cave with hundreds of bats. I was stuck in this cave for a very long time, until our butler finally got some help, and these bats were just swarming everywhere. Oh, and also when I saw my parents gunned down outside of a theater also scared me.



New York
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:46 am

DogStarMan

Being buried alive in my sleep scared me the most. I thought that while I slept, my body would be paralyzed into whatever position I was sleeping in and then zombies would come and carry me off to be put into a coffin and buried alive. So, I decided I would sleep in positions that wouldn't allow me to be easily placed inside of a coffin. I still sprawl all over the bed to this day.



Ohio
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 9:01 am



I used to hate pictures of bugs in books. I couldn't touch the page, ESPECIALLY if I had turned the page--never know what those bugs'll get up to if you can't see them.



California
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 9:03 am

BooKooBooYaa

I have to agree with other posters - Stephen King's IT... I watched this in the house on my own and was scared stiff. I still can't walk over a drain in the street (especially at night) 'Do they float?'...



Minnesota
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 9:45 am



The thing in the box that ate people in the movie Creepshow. It's cheesy to see now, but when I was a kid, I couldn't have any sort of box in my room for a very long time.



Arizona
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 9:55 am



Sock monkeys. They've always terrified me, and still do today... and I'm 37!



Texas
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 11:37 am



I'll go with Nuclear War. I was a child of the Eighties--the last Cold War generation. We didn't have visions of "Duck'n'Cover." Only destruction. My folks didn't let me watch "The Day After." That only made me more interested in reading about nuclear war, and its effects. I now find it amusing that you can see "The Day After," with its now cheesy effects, on SciFi.



Louisiana
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 11:41 am



My dad died of a heart attack when I was 11. I don't think my mom ever got a nap for about a year after. Every time she would doze off in a chair or fall asleep on the couch, I'd have to wake her up for fear she had died, too.



Kansas
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:14 pm



The movie Tremors. Scared the crap out of me. And I didn't even watch the whole thing.



North Carolina
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 12:26 pm

Tomquix

Jaws. I begged my parents to take me. I was 7 years old. Big mistake. I don't think I ever took another bubble bath again. If I couldn't see the bottom of the water, I wasn't going near it.



Massachusetts
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 1:09 pm

The Dude

Lightning, yo. Lightning. And that movie "the gate". I used to be afraid a gate would open up behind my bed.



New York
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 1:39 pm

Mandi

In my family there is a summertime tradition, and it is this; whenever there is both a baby and a lobster in the same household, the baby and the lobster are put on the floor to "play" together. According to my mother, I got pinched on the leg, and have been wicked scared of lobsters ever since. I can't even eat it unless someone else takes it apart.



Massachusetts
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 1:56 pm



Alf, that television martian. Oh, also, the crypt keeper... aaand the X-Files intro song.



New Mexico
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 2:11 pm



No lie, the TUMS jingle.



Maryland
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 2:33 pm



Kingdom of the spiders: www.imdb.com/title/tt0076271/



Alaska
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 4:16 pm

Jamie

I remember watching some cheesy vampire TV show when I was a kid. I had the sense that the vampires were hanging out under my bed, but only when the lights were off. So, at night I would turn the light switch off by the door, and then take a running leap to my bed so that they couldn't grab my feet. Does anyone know any cheesy vampire shows from the 90's?



Maine
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 5:17 pm



Zombie-fied Richard Moll lurked around every corner for years after a friend's mom made the poor judgment call of 'House' being a good slumber party movie for eight-year-olds.



Maryland
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 5:49 pm



1) The floating vampire kid outside the window in Salem's Lot. 2) The episode of Bionic Woman with Bigfoot in it



New York
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:29 pm

Angela

Remember in Ghost Busters 2 when the pink goo comes out of the bathtub? Our bathtub had some pretty bad rust stains (yay well water) and I refused to bathe in that tub until I was 15 at least. I always used my parent's shower.



Florida
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:38 pm



The Day After!! I'm so happy to read that there are others who were terrified as well. Nuclear war at its best. Also, after I saw the Amityville Horror, I touched a wall in my house (which either had something spilled on it, or my mom had just cleaned it) felt that it was wet, and almost fainted in terror that slime or blood was leaking out of our walls.



Connecticut
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:42 pm



Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.



Missouri
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 8:55 pm



Jurassic Park came out when I was 6 or 7 and for a few years I was terrified that I would be eaten by velociraptors. Then I found out that they were only a couple feet tall so I wasn't scared anymore, nevermind the fact that they're extinct.



Louisiana
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 10:22 pm



I saw part of temple of doom when I wqas like seven that terrified me and the scene in sleepy hollow with the iron maiden gave me nightmares for weeks and still makes me tense up to think about it.



Minnesota
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 10:39 pm



An Unsolved Mysteries episode about alien abduction. I walked everywhere with a flashlight for a week after watching it.



Texas
Wednesday 17th of September 2008 11:31 pm



Holy shit, Margaret Thatcher's still alive? Forget "when you were a kid," that scares me now!



Washington
Thursday 18th of September 2008 1:28 am

Texas Brooks

No question, it was the episode of 'Are you afraid of the dark' called "Tale of the dead mans float". Been weary of pools ever since.



Texas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 1:39 am



The end music of Star Trek, with the giant alien face outside the ship, that scared the bejesus out of me as a kid.



Hawaii
Thursday 18th of September 2008 2:31 am

bobby jo

The Exorcist terrifies me. Maybe because the premise could be or was real, and its dealing with some really serious issues, but I still to this day cannot watch it all the way through. Im 33 and I first saw it when I was 4 or 5/



Wisconsin
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:24 am



When I was 13 or 14, vagina scared me.



Montana
Thursday 18th of September 2008 5:25 am



The film Dante's Peak, the volcano one. scared the crap out of me, i thought i would wake up and the house would have been burned down by lava! lava is very scary when you 11!



Texas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 6:11 am



The show Unsolved Mysteries and the theme song to it. Of course Chucky scared me too. I ended up "killing" my dolls that could talk including my Teddy Ruxspin.



Tennessee
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:12 am



Fire.... I couldn't get to sleep without opening my eyes every couple of minutes to make sure my room wasn't ablaze.



Georgia
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:54 am



I saw the Elephant Man when I was too young, and I was afraid to look in the mirror for (what seems in my memory like) years, because I thought if I did I would be the Elephant Man. I was also afraid of the theme to the Dark Side (when the video goes into negative), and an episode of ripley's believe it or not where people were jumping frm a burning building.



New Jersey
Thursday 18th of September 2008 7:57 am



The Sleestacks on "Land of the Lost" with their soul-less staring eyes. I visited the Olympic penninsula in NW Washington twenty years ago, and viewed some 'Sea Stacks' - land formations off the beach - and that name was close enough so that if I think of the Washington coastline, images of a miniature raft going straight down a miniature waterfall with the theme song enter my mind.



Utah
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:14 am

ubermunch

Last nightmare scene in "Deliverance" (hand out of lake)... Ugh...



Maryland
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:48 am

ha ha, "kentucy"?

I saw "Village of the Damned" when I was really young and the part where Kirstie Alley character's skin is found on the pavement creeped me out for years.



Kentucy
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:15 am



Bees



New York
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:30 am

Warchilde

I was terrified of the " Man with the silver nose " from the movie "Cat Ballou". It was a comedy, but I swear, I saw that creepy guy and his silver nose behind every nook & crannie. Oh yeah, like my compatriot form Missouri, I am also terrified of Lindsey Lohan.



Missouri
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:20 am

NiNjA

Werewolf in London freaked me out badly.



Michigan
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:06 pm

Li

+1 on the opening sequence to Tales from the Darkside, brilliant & dark. plus they played the show during the weekend during the day when i was a kid, and to be creeped out during the day- well, that's something special.



California
Thursday 18th of September 2008 12:50 pm



My uncle told me a story about a girl that always had to pee in the middle of the night, just like I do, but her bathroom was haunted. I convinced myself that the ghost would not know I was in there till I flushed. I would wash & dry my hands, open the door and get everything ready, so that I could flush run. I did this till I was 12.



Kentucy
Thursday 18th of September 2008 2:56 pm

Katie

I was always terrified of my house catching on fire while I was sleeping. Obviously it's scary, but after a fireman visited my class in kindergarten I whined and cried about it enough that I got a ladder for the window and a fire extinguisher. But that wasn't enough for me, I kept all of my favorite things tied up in a bundle so that I could bring it with me in case of an emergency.



Alaska
Thursday 18th of September 2008 3:02 pm



Spiders bigger than a quarter. I have finally convinced my husband I am not really screaming at him, spiders neutralize all my logic and rational.



Texas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 3:06 pm



My sister had Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Those things did and still do creep me out. Just look at them. Freakish non-"hair". Bedbug-like flat bodies, with no discernible hands or feet. But worst of all, those horrifying, never-closing, four-pupiled "Eyes of the DAMNED". Like spider eyes, they are. But, despite this, I never did anything do them, because they can't be killed.



Massachusetts
Thursday 18th of September 2008 8:32 pm



My very real big dad that hit me scared me. Also the movie 'ghost'.



Alaska
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:01 pm



I was scared of that scene in the Labryinth with the Hands.



Kansas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 9:57 pm



The game Operation scared the crap out of me. Specifically, Jack Klugman (as Oscar Madison on the Odd Couple) was going to play it on me.



Florida
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:56 pm

Angie

Gremlins - when I as around six, I made the mistake of walking through the living room while my dad was watching it and seeing those maniacal looking creatures take down the known-human world just freaked me out. To this day. Oh and also Little Shop of Horrors. Holy crap - a plant that EATS PEOPLE? I don't look at flappy plants the same way.



Texas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:56 pm



Butterflies and the sound that the late night mosquito sprayer truck makes. That horrible noise the sprayer makes still scares the crap outta me. They only have those in the South I believe.



Texas
Thursday 18th of September 2008 10:58 pm



Watching the Wizard of Oz. I fell asleep about 1/2 way through, but, never-the-less, was scarred for life. Damn flying monkeys.



Colorado
Thursday 18th of September 2008 11:36 pm



The scene near the end of "Fire Walk With Me" where Laura Palmer's mom looks at the same photo of her daughter's room that we see about 2 dozen times throughout the movie, only NOW there is some crazy dude crouching behind the bed. Still freaks me out to this day, at 27 years old. I am honestly wigged out typing it.



Oregon
Friday 19th of September 2008 1:29 am



Michael Jackson's Thriller, my big sisters made me watch it when I was 2 or 3.



Washington DC
Friday 19th of September 2008 6:17 am

Yes, even people in Arkansas have computers!

Little Shop of Horrors. Silly movie, but scared me when I was about 8 years old. 22 years later, I still don't like to walk around the house at night because of that movie.



Arkansas
Friday 19th of September 2008 8:40 am



When I was about 3, my father took me walking in a park on a mountain top in England where sailplanes riding the lift off the mountain flew past very close to the ground. My dad told me that a glider was going to land on me and I believed him. For about a year, I was terrified of airplanes. Too bad we lived about five miles from an air force base.



Pennsylvania
Friday 19th of September 2008 9:29 am



The remake of "War of the Worlds" which was a TV show for a while in the early 90's... really creeped me out. I shouldn't have watched it. I was afraid of aliens abducting me for most of my pre-teen years.



Illinois
Friday 19th of September 2008 10:52 am



Even though I'm oddly fascinated by the images, I have a hard time looking at pictures or footage of the Titanic under water. I keep waiting for something to come into view that wouldn't normally be shown. Also, Gage under the bed in Pet Semetary with the straight razor. I don't know how that actor's parents could let him in their room after that scene....



Iowa
Friday 19th of September 2008 2:21 pm



Large Marge from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. I couldn't have been more that four or five when I first saw it, but still remember hiding behind my dads recliner when I first saw her, I didn't watch the movie again until I was about thirteen and realized how truely not scary that scene is.



Illinois
Friday 19th of September 2008 2:22 pm



I watched "Die Monster, Die" with my Mom and Brother on one of those Saturday Creature Features before the days of cable. I remember being terrified to this day.



Wyoming
Friday 19th of September 2008 2:55 pm

timbobimbo

As a child I feared gravity would reverse. I didn't mind being outdoors but buildings with high ceilings always were intimidating. I would move towards lower ceilings and consider the fate of the fools who didn't move.



California
Friday 19th of September 2008 2:56 pm

Ace Kadet

The local sMALL has a drainage grate in the parking lot - probably about 4' square, with 1 1/2" gaps between the bars. We ALWAYS parked by it (close to the entrance), and I would climb across the seat and get out on the opposite side of the car. I automatically walk around it to this day , and I'm in my 40s.



Kansas
Friday 19th of September 2008 3:36 pm



There is a scene in the original Ghost Busters that still haunts me - it's the scene where the dog-like statues at the library come to life and chase someone through the library. I've never been able to watch the movie again - I must have been 4 when I did watch it. I've always been afraid of Libraries because of this!



Georgia
Friday 19th of September 2008 3:52 pm



The commercial for "The Exorcist" scared the crap out of me. Also, everytime my parents went out and I was alone with my little brother I couldn't stop thinking about "The Shining". That movie is still creepy!



Connecticut
Friday 19th of September 2008 3:57 pm



The shot near the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark where Toht's face melts



New Hampshire
Friday 19th of September 2008 5:04 pm

Jen C.

The movie "Trilogy of Terror", but specifically the one story with the doll that comes to life and the ending where the woman in stabbing the floor with a creepy look on her face. I still can't watch it.



Arizona
Friday 19th of September 2008 5:17 pm



Yeah, for all those afraid of the same thing as me (the Zuni doll) it was in "Trilogy of Terror", not the "Outer Limits". (My comment is above this one.)



Arizona
Friday 19th of September 2008 5:29 pm

Cindy

The sound that NBC news played when they interrupted shows for a Special Report -- da DA, da DA, DUM DUM -- it's the sound now used by Keith Olbermann at the opening of his show. My mother was a fatalist and always scared when Special Reports came on. The first few months when I started watching Keith's show, I'd get a little rush of anxiety whenever it played.



Maine
Friday 19th of September 2008 11:12 pm

Scooter

A recurring dream I had as a child was that I was lying naked in a glass case, somewhat like a coffin, in the middle of a large square white room with a very high ceiling. People would stand around the edges of the room and stare at me. Looking up at high ceilings still freaks me out. I can look down fine, just not up. I wonder what Freud would say about this?



Utah
Friday 19th of September 2008 11:42 pm



Those two twins from The Shining. "Come play with us, Danny." Ugh- creeped me for years.



Michigan
Saturday 20th of September 2008 6:48 am



I was afraid of teh buttsecks, but then I grew to like it. Daily.



Utah
Saturday 20th of September 2008 9:00 am



I was terrified of the drain in our pool. I was convinced the drain collected directly to the ocean and sea monsters would come in through it and hide by the dark spot (dirt/leaves) at the drain and wait to attack.



Louisiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:10 am



Bear Gryll's bad-assedness scares me.



Tennessee
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:30 am

JEN

I was convinced that Elvis was going to come back from the dead and kidnap me. I had a dream once where he was following me around Disneyland, trying to get me to go with him. Obviously it's different now, but I don't think I'll ever see Elvis quite the same as everyone else.



Oregon
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:32 am



As a kid I was terrified of the instrument playing animatronics at ChuckECheeses. never trusted the way that they moved and how their eyes seemed to follow you around as you were running away in fear.



Indiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 1:35 pm



When I was a kid, we had those annoying roll-up window shades. When they were wound too tight, they would often snap loose and suddenly go flying up when you least expected, making a super loud noise that would scare the hell out of you. Especially bad when you were all tucked in bed, facing those windows, and it was dark.



Washington
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:44 pm

monkboy

heres what scared the shit out of when I was a kid, I must have been about 7 or * when I was taken to see Bonnie and Clyde. and shoot out where buck gets shot and the bloody aftermass in the field where he's rolling around on the ground really made me scared. also how many of you out there remember how scarey the sound of an air raid siren is?



Arizona
Saturday 20th of September 2008 3:55 pm



Child molesters.



Nebraska
Saturday 20th of September 2008 4:23 pm

Mel

A Day in the Life by The Beatles. More specifically, the ending. More specifically, the sound of death. It sounded like what dying would sound like. Still creeps me out. Also, clowns. And masks. And clowns wearing masks with those really long rubber noses.



Alabama
Saturday 20th of September 2008 4:32 pm



Bridges. Don't know why. When I was little, we'd have to cross this 3 mile long bridge occasionally, and I'd hide my eyes until my mom told me we'd made it over. I used to have nightmares of being on bridges when they collapsed. I finally outgrew it, thankfully.



Colorado
Saturday 20th of September 2008 4:37 pm



The black smog from "Ferngully: The Last Rainforest" terrified me for ages; I was 7 when I saw it. I had to sleep with my closet door open for a long time.



New York
Saturday 20th of September 2008 9:00 pm

MM

One night, I went to a sleepover, and we did all the standard girly slumber party things like listen to Def Leopard, and Duran Duran, and watch scary movies, but when all that was done and only crazy, 1AM TV was left to entertain us, someone found a women's wrestling show, where one woman ripped the teeth of another woman out, with a pair of pliers. Scared the bajeebus out of me.



Oregon
Saturday 20th of September 2008 9:13 pm



Button.



Louisiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:39 pm



and ice cubes.



Louisiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:39 pm



and Texans.



Louisiana
Saturday 20th of September 2008 10:40 pm



I was terrified by the Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". When William Shatner pulls up the windowshade and the monster's face is pressed against the glass - I screamed, changed the channel, and kept the lights on in my bedroom all night. It was at least 10 years until I saw the entire episode, and I still get freaked out by that scene.



Texas
Sunday 21st of September 2008 12:01 am



My name is Talking Tina and I'm going to KILL you.



North Carolina
Sunday 21st of September 2008 12:57 am



I'm terrified by clowns because of the movie IT. But also the monster from John Carpenter's The THING, just because it can be anyone or anything and then all of a sudden BAM! you're a shape shifting monster who's flesh will bend and shift like melted wax. The dog scene especially freaks me out.



Missouri
Sunday 21st of September 2008 9:25 am



When I was a kid I accidently watched Aliens while my parents were across the street. I was completely terrified and I couldn't move. I wanted to stop watching but I couldn't turn it off.



Texas
Sunday 21st of September 2008 10:21 am

Briar Rose

After seeing Sleeping Beauty (and being terrified of Maleficent and her posse of blackbirds) I was always afraid of crows.



Pennsylvania
Sunday 21st of September 2008 12:18 pm

Bill

No question...the Devil's Domain episode from Space: 1999. The combination of the people being sucked one-by-one, screaming, into the mouth of the monster, and several seconds after each one was sucked in, a smoldering skeleton was spit out, which was seen by the future victims. I know at least two other people that were totally freaked out by this scene as well.



Virginia
Sunday 21st of September 2008 12:27 pm



For a while I was afraid of the TV show CHIPS. The intro song was enough. I also used to think helicopters would drop a net or hook on me and carry me away. I had to run inside the house. That was probably from too much Wild Kingdom. Thankfully I outgrew both.



California
Sunday 21st of September 2008 3:18 pm



The movie E.T. I still hate it. The whole running through the woods thing and the government men in the white suits. That movie was never a family fun feel good movie to me.



Colorado
Sunday 21st of September 2008 5:58 pm



after watching "clash of the titans" as a child, i was terrified to go out of my room after dark for fear of medusa getting me.



New Mexico
Sunday 21st of September 2008 7:33 pm



after watching the smooth criminal music video, i was afraid that a michael jackson robot would come out of the closet and get me.



New Mexico
Sunday 21st of September 2008 7:33 pm



The witch in the Wizard of Oz. Writing "Surrender Dorothy" in the sky haunted my dreams.



Kansas
Sunday 21st of September 2008 8:14 pm



the fact that Casper was the ghost of a dead child and everyone seemed to be okay with that. Infanticide anyone?



Connecticut
Sunday 21st of September 2008 8:41 pm



The trees coming through the window in Poltergeist ruined me for life.



New Jersey
Sunday 21st of September 2008 9:46 pm



Did anyone ever read a kid's book about a guy who slunk around and everywhere he walked, mushrooms sprung up? Terrifying. Also there was a Dr. Seuss-type book about pants that run around by themselves. Still a little freaked out just thinking about it.



Idaho
Sunday 21st of September 2008 10:29 pm



I saw Creepshow 2 "the hitchiker" when i was 7 and even to this day it creeps me out. That guy is relentless--Thanks for the ride lady!!!!!



Arizona
Sunday 21st of September 2008 11:51 pm

teachermar

Zombies. When I was a kid, my brother took my brothers and me to the all-night scary movies at the 49'er Drive-In (just across from the graveyard on Dry Creek Road) in his old VW Bug, where I sat in the very back. Meanwhile, a movie employee dressed as a zombie was chasing people around the movie lot and decided to pound on the glass just over my head. I wet my pants.



California
Monday 22nd of September 2008 12:08 am



Tornadoes. I remember my sister saying that the wind from one was strong enough to rip your lungs out of your body. I would freak out when a storm cloud came through and start praying the rosary. If I saw a rain cloud i would almost OCD-ly ask if it was a tornado cloud. Eventually, I just kinda grew out of my phobia.



Texas
Monday 22nd of September 2008 12:44 am

Gorf

The movie Magic with Anthony Hopkins and Ann-Margaret. Actually, just the commercials, they were run constantly on TV. Just a ventriloquist's dummy, saying a scary nursery rhyme in the dark. I was about 7. Finally saw the movie, kind of silly, not bad for camp's sake, but not scary.



West Virginia
Monday 22nd of September 2008 12:57 am



I saw silence of the lambs at about 2 in the morning. It was my first sleep over. I had to call my dad to come pick me up.



Georgia
Monday 22nd of September 2008 12:03 pm



I saw silence of the lambs at about 2 in the morning when i was 8. It was my first sleep over. I had to call my dad to come pick me up.



Georgia
Monday 22nd of September 2008 12:04 pm



To: Maine 9/19/08 11:12 pm FYI: The Keith Olberman theme song is the Scherzo movement from Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Also, Antonin Dvorak borrowed that motif in his own 9th symphony ("Fron the New World") as a tribute to ol' Ludwig Van B.



Ohio
Monday 22nd of September 2008 1:09 pm



The "boat ride" portion in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I imagine that's what a bad acid trip would be like



Texas
Monday 22nd of September 2008 1:41 pm



I have the same one as Idaho. Dr. Suess' "Pale Green Pants" scared the everloving crap out of me!



Colorado
Monday 22nd of September 2008 4:48 pm



When I first saw "Willie Wonka and The Chocolate Factory" (the gene wilder one) when I was a 4-year old in daycare, I got so scared when the Oompa-Loompas started to sing. I cried and had to be picked up early.



Colorado
Monday 22nd of September 2008 4:49 pm



ESCALATORS! I was at a BART station in the bay area with my parents, I was 6 and my shoe was untied and as I stepped onto the escalator it sucked my shoe lace in, my dad grabbed me just in time, leaving my shoe behind. Now, at the age of 37 when stepping onto an escalator, I whisper to myself "please don't eat me! before I step onto it.



California
Monday 22nd of September 2008 6:58 pm



chupacabra, haha. my older - and supremely evil - brother used to tell me that the reflections of animals eyes were chupacabra and they were coming to 'get me'. to this day, i hate being outside in the dark, even if i can see the animal



California
Monday 22nd of September 2008 7:30 pm



When I was a kid I got this set of books at a book fair called "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark." Pretty much every story in those scared the crap out of me, but one sticks out about a mortician swapping the head and hands of two guys because he dressed them in the wrong suits. So creepy. I have a freakish fear of dead people. Also, Kentucky is spelled wrong?



Kentucy
Monday 22nd of September 2008 7:33 pm



I had one of those baby dolls where the eyes close when you tip it on its side. But one always got stuck when I tipped it back up so this doll would be looking at me with one half-closed, creepily-eyelashed eye. Also, I tried to read Through the Looking Glass once, got to the Jabberwock illustration, and never picked up the book again.



Washington
Monday 22nd of September 2008 8:36 pm

Melanie

I was afraid of Randy, that demented Howdy Doody-style puppet on Pee Wee's Playhouse because he was so MEAN! And he always randomly dropped down from the ceiling. Creepy. Also the theme music from Unsolved Mysteries. That show gave me nightmares; I was really too young for it.



Rhode Island
Monday 22nd of September 2008 8:56 pm



I had one of those silly books of horror stories and urban legends for kids. I was most terrified of a certain story which in retrospect is fucking ridiculous. It was about a hunter who was attacked in his cabin by some sort of monster. He cut off its tail and it ran away. And then every night since, it calls out "taily-poo, taily-poo, all I want's my taily-poo". Suprisingly terrifying.



Colorado
Monday 22nd of September 2008 9:43 pm

Zclone

The Elephant Man... I actually hid under the seat in the movie theater... took me years to get all the sticky off. I haven't seen the entire movie to this day.



Rhode Island
Monday 22nd of September 2008 10:40 pm



Oddly shaped maps of West Virginia that delete the northern panhandle. When I was a kid in the 70s they had one on the Today Show and I thought it meant we didn't exist. Oh, plus the TV show Lidsville. That shit is messed up.



West Virginia
Monday 22nd of September 2008 11:42 pm



Wow, most of my worst have already been mentioned. I never knew anyone else had been traumatized by "Don't be Afraid of the Dark." My Uncle took me to see "American Werewolf in London" when I was a kid and I couldn't handle it; we had to leave. Also freaked out by trailers for "Cujo" and "Wolfen". And the Salt Vampire from an early Star Trek episode.



California
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 12:20 am



I second the Poltergeist clown and pretty much everything in The Amityville Horror. Also this movie "The Fog" (1980 version) where some kind of pirate zombies come out of a fog bank to kill people. I had a long predawn walk to the bus stop every day...



Colorado
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 8:37 am



Large Marge scared me until I realized it kinda looked like Beeker from the Muppets..... Also had a fear of the mounted deer in my grandpa's basement. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, all 9 of us grandkids were sent to the basement because there wasn't enough room for everyone upstairs. We then spent the whole time daring each other to touch the damn things. I still get shivers...



Iowa
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 10:39 am



Hmm, don't know how long they stuck with me, but things that spooked me included the clown from Poltergeist, and I was always slightly leery of the basement after seeing Gremlins.



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 2:13 pm



The Red Bull from The Last Unicorn gave me untold nightmares as a child which lasted up into my early teens. I still cannot watch the movie to this day without getting weirded out whenever they show the Red Bull.



Michigan
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 2:43 pm

scrappledog

Grimmace from McDonald's commercials and the pucker-mouthed, rosy-cheeked, stern-eyebrowed, turbaned puppet lady from Mr. Rogers' neighborhood. She was featured in a 5-Alive juice drink commercial at the end, flinging her tiny puppet arms open and flinging her creepy head back, and it almost made me pee myself.



Maryland
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 4:40 pm



back in 2000 i was 8 and nick @ nite used to air this ad for the brady bunch that went like this: mom always said don't play ball in the house." but mom actually never said that. this is what it would have looked like if she had though: then it showed this image of carol brady with her mouth cut like a ventriloquist's dummy saying, "dont play ball in the house" in a robo voice



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 9:15 pm



I remember my father having a replay of Orsen Well's "War of the Worlds" on the radio on night as a small child. He was in the National Guard and had me believing that he had to go out and fight the invaders...I was terrified.



New York
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 9:45 pm

The evil that lurks in the hearts of men.

The Shadow. I was really into the comics and radio show as a kid, and when I saw the movie, it terrified me that someone would take my amazing franchise and do THAT to it. Incidentally, I'm now in the theatre business, so that's quite a possibility. It still gives me the creeps.



Ohio
Tuesday 23rd of September 2008 10:05 pm

Ando

The black wolf from Never Ending Story!! I hated that thing & when I watch the movie now, i STILL get anxious when that scene is coming up!



South Dakota
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 3:37 am

geoffer

Electric Company, 1976. I was 5. Morgan Freeman played this Spiderman villain called "Mr. Measles." He would throw measles at people from out of this bag in his hand, and then the people with red spotted faces ran up to the screen, screaming. I was terrified of Mr. Measles.



Illinois
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 5:08 pm



When I was about five, someone at the rec center showed the movie 'Squirm' to a whole mess of little kids. There's a scene where some guy falls face first into a fishing bait bucket and the carnivorous worms eat into his face and are hanging out of his face skin (http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/9919/squirm32gh.jpg). That picture still freaks me out a little.



Colorado
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 5:12 pm



When I was around five or six I lived on a farm and had at least 15 cats that were basically like siblings to me. Then one day I catch the tail end of some movie I'll never know the name of where a witch or vampire lady was snapping the necks of numerous cats. I lived in horror and fear every night that I'd wake up one morning and some crazy lady would have come for my cats when I slept



New York
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 5:49 pm



When I was 5 or 6, there was a retro Felix the Cat clock in my bedroom whose eyes moved left and right each second. Horrifying! So my parents took it down, but the nail hole in the wall scared me more--I thought someone was peering at me through the "peephole". I didn't sleep for a l-o-n-g time...



New Mexico
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 6:34 pm



I was afraid I'd be locked inside a department store after closing, and a security guard would then release the dogs. Of course a movie is to blame for this. I don't recall its title, but a burgler, I think, hangs back so he can steal the loot, but instead spends the night running from Doberman pinschers.



California
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 11:27 pm

Mayara

Old Neighborhood had this really nice old guy that lived down the street but dear sweet god that house was straight out of a horror movie. Always Very Dimly lit and making groaning noises from all the movement of the house,



Michigan
Thursday 25th of September 2008 6:34 am



What scares me? The two people we have to choose from to run the country. Scares me more than anything. I mean, out of all the people in the country, these two dopes are the best we can come up with?



Alabama
Thursday 25th of September 2008 1:15 pm



Sarah Palin. Oh wait, that's what scares me NOW. Ha ha, my bad. Um, The Shining...the lady in the tub....still can't go into a bathroom without drawing the shower curtain back to make sure she's not in there. Also, earthworms (thanks, Dad, for making me watch the movie "Squirm").



New York
Thursday 25th of September 2008 4:16 pm



I used to be terrified of going down the drain in the bathtub. I would take a bath fine, but as soon as one of my parents hit the thing to drain, I would scream my head off. Finally my dad took me to the basement, and showed me the drainpipe, and pointed it there was no way I would fit. That did the trick.



Massachusetts
Thursday 25th of September 2008 10:13 pm



"the blob" remember that? I watched the trailer on tv and I couldn't sleep.



California
Friday 26th of September 2008 12:45 am

Rebecca P

Burnt Offerings -- A movie about an evil house that affects the family who moves into it. There is this one creepy, corpse-like chauffeur character who haunted my dreams for weeks after.



Rhode Island
Friday 26th of September 2008 10:05 am



I was terrified that we would grow into a society that would think "The Core" was a sort of scientific movie, based on factlike things. But, ha-ha, that was way back when I was 40. Nowadays, I'm just afraid of people who think they need to kill other people to please their Imaginary Friends. That shit's scary.



Oregon
Friday 26th of September 2008 6:28 pm



Whatever it was that pulsed and moaned and rattled secretly behind the hot water tank in the basement terrified me. In nightmares, I found passages behind that tank that would lead me to Terrifying Places, with Horrible Creatures.



Oregon
Friday 26th of September 2008 6:31 pm



When I was feverish, the walls would breathe, and I lay awake at night, unable to sleep, because I knew if I slept, the walls wouldn't stop, they would continue inward toward me, and crush me like a bug.



Alabama
Friday 26th of September 2008 6:34 pm



Ghosts. My sister told me terrifying ghost stories that scared me so bad, I'm still scared of those stories.



North Carolina
Friday 26th of September 2008 8:37 pm



The voice of the bad guy from "Ghostbusters" - ya know, the guy from the painting. Not the guy so much, just the voice. Still gives me the willies.



Washington
Friday 26th of September 2008 9:20 pm



Jaws. Jaws scared the sh** out of me. All I saw were promotions for it being showed on cable and I wasn't swimming in the deep end of our pool anymore with all the dark moving shadows. I'd swim with other people in the deep end of the pool, but that's because I knew I was a better swimmer and Jaws would get them instead.



Colorado
Saturday 27th of September 2008 12:19 am

Jen

That scene in Batman Returns when Michelle Pfeiffer falls of the building and cats start eating her fingers and stuff. I must have been 6 or 7. It was on cable, my parents didn't take me to see it or anything.



Massachusetts
Saturday 27th of September 2008 10:59 am

Keith Lowell Jensen (not much of a nickname, I know)

Salem's Lot. I only saw one scene. I snuck out and hid behind the couch since I was supposed to be in bed. I took a peak and saw the kid's twin brother floating outside the hospital window. Window opens, blood sucking ensues and a permanent scar is made on my psyche.



California
Saturday 27th of September 2008 4:15 pm

spatti

Nebraska wrote: "The cracks between the boards on the Pier. It took me years to just look up and walk to the end." You should keep looking down and be careful not to walk off the end. After all, when you're out of slits, you're out of Pier.



Alabama
Saturday 27th of September 2008 8:15 pm

mrs_beaver_wipe

The Fembots from The Bionic Woman, I would have to touch my mums face to make sure it was soft and non-detachable. Later I was freaked out by the opening titles and theme to Tales Of The Unexpected. Im from OZ. I only picked Wyoming because I felt sorry for them.



Wyoming
Sunday 28th of September 2008 9:45 am

Potatohead

The Dr. Phibes movies!! Man with two heads just scared me as I knew I was gonna wake up with Bob's head right next to mine! KPTV 12 PDX ran these often too.



Oregon
Sunday 28th of September 2008 2:48 pm

Canadian...

When I was a kid I loved the T.V. show Are You Afraid Of The Dark, that show had many creepy low key episodes. One episode in particular aboutvalt-dimensions still scares the shit out of me. (especially since it had a really morbid ending) :(



Minnesota
Monday 29th of September 2008 4:57 am



When I was in the 6th grade I decided I was going to get serious about Halloween decorations and construct a life size coffin from cardboard. I found a book in the school library on the history of funeral customs for research. When finished, I started reading about embalming methods and suddenly became terrified of dying.



Kansas
Monday 29th of September 2008 11:05 pm



I immediately got rid of the freshly constructed coffin, swore off masturbation, and resolved to devote myself to god. That lasted about a week or and a half. I'm still grossed out by embalming and thinking about what happens to a buried body… that's why I'm going to be cremated.



Kansas
Monday 29th of September 2008 11:08 pm



Leonard Morris Betts (the guy made out of cancer) from The X-Files. His creepy demeanor combined with the visage of his decapitated body emerging from a bathtub full of iodine solution while his head blinked on the autopsy table made for a monster that creeped me out for years.



California
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 2:16 am



When I was around 5 my mother rented me a movie called Wizards. It was a cartoon so she assumed it was fine, apparently not looking at the rating or reading anything about the plot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076929/plotsummary). Yeah, it had elves and fairies murdering each other, sex, and some nazi footage for good measure. It was the beginning of my nightmares.



New York
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 6:38 am

unsituated

Baboons. Those horrible, long-snouted grey fuzzy things with the fangs and bare asses. I used to believe they could hear my heart beat at night after the lights went out. Oh the nightmares!!!



Virginia
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 11:44 am



I don't know what started this, but one of my greatest fears was kissing at the altar on my wedding day. I assumed it would hurt and be humiliating at the same time. I'm 24 (also female, FYI) and not married yet, but I don't think that old fear is why...at least I hope not.



Utah
Tuesday 30th of September 2008 6:46 pm



When I was about 4 or 5, there were a couple episodes of Superboy which featured a vampire with a Blade-like condition of needing a serum to control his thirst. Well, it got stolen, and he ended up biting Superboy's love interest, who in turn bites Superboy. I guess the idea of an invincible vampire scared me so badly that the fear of vampires stuck with me to this day.



California
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 6:09 am



Just the idea of the bogeyman. No one ever told me who he was or what he'd do to me, but I'd just be playing happily by myself when suddenly I'd remember: the bogeyman. Then everything was ruined, because I knew he was watching me, and that he was sinister. Asshole.



Rhode Island
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 9:06 am

hotheaded

IT - that damn clown in the sewer always freaked me out and to this day clowns give me the hebbie jebbies. But oddly I'm okay with sewers.



Ohio
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 12:10 pm



Organized religion as a form of government. If it weren't so ridiculous ("My Imaginary Friend says we shuold kill those people"), I'd be absolutely terrified.



Oregon
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 2:18 pm



Ants. I had a friend who was attacked by ants in the desert, and a brother who was attacked by ants. Little six-legged big-jawed desert bastards, with their grotesque blind hungry queen quivering under the sand, pumping out more and more ants.



Arizona
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 2:20 pm



Things that scare me as a child.... there was this movie with the little boy from Family Affair that scared me for years... the kid, a wel, & a frog... damn goose bumps... no idea what the movie was about? Modern childhood nightmares: Pat Robertson as president... Mcain chanaling Bush & Chenney.... Palin's smile reminds me of the wood chipper in Fargo.... Buttafucco in a porn movie....



Washington
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 7:32 pm

Kyle

Doogie Howser--especially the theme song...scared the living hell out of me. Also: hand dryers in restrooms, Maria Shriver, tornado sirens, and The Blockheads on Gumby.



Georgia
Wednesday 01st of October 2008 11:19 pm



Sleestaks on Land of the Lost scared the hell out of me. You would think that I would just not watch the show but I did, and I ran out of the room when they came on. A few years ago I had a talk with the one of the creators of the show and told him this and he said that scaring kids (in a weird Sid and Marty Krofft kind of way) was the point and he was glad that it worked



California
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 9:28 am



Terry Gilliam's artwork for Monty Python scared me more than I care to remember when I was a kid. I was terrified I would somehow end up in a world filled with his weird animations. After all these years I love Monty Python, but I still am totally creeped out by the illustrations.



Maryland
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 3:35 pm



The scene in Charley and Chocolate Factory where they drink the fizzy drink and float toward the fan. I remember running into my mom's room and yelling about how it was past my bedtime and then jumping into bed. I still can't handle suspense.



Alabama
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 3:43 pm



The scene in Charley and Chocolate Factory where they drink the fizzy drink and float toward the fan. I remember running into my mom's room and yelling about how it was past my bedtime and then jumping into bed. I still can't handle suspense.



Oregon
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 3:43 pm



Fireworks. Not because of the noise, but because of the hot ashes that I thought were falling out of the sky and were going to land on me. It all started because my dad said that we had to wear tinfoil on the 4th of July to protect ourselves. Also, medieval barbarians and how they would pour boiling oil into castles through holes in the ceiling. I'm still worried about skylights.



New Jersey
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 9:35 pm

lianayada

Flights of stairs that have open spaces instead of solid faces (so you can see through them). I have recurring nightmares about stairs such as these (especially concrete stairs) being unstable and disintegrating in front of me. I must travel up one flight to get to my office every day at work, and I honestly can't do it without holding onto the railing...every single time.



Oregon
Thursday 02nd of October 2008 9:46 pm

TinaTwice

Audio-animatronics. The top-o-the-line Disneyland robots were bad enough, but the old dusty DIY ones at roadside theme parks (Oregonians might guess correctly that I'm talking about Enchanted Forest) were the worst. Stiff grotesque 70s Halloween mask faces, convulsive start-and-stop motion, all combined with a scratchy voice track... I was always afraid they'd catch fire and run amok.



Oregon
Friday 03rd of October 2008 12:31 am



I don't know what the movie was but when i was little, i saw a movie, and in part of the movie, this thing that looked like a 3 foot tall wookie was trying to get at this kid that was in a camper, , and then it gets a chainsaw and starts cutting the door. I used to think it lived in my closet. had to keep the door shut at night.



Texas
Friday 03rd of October 2008 7:31 am



Skeletons in general terrified me. Pictures in science books, Halloween decorations, cheesy sci-fi movies -- anything at all to do with skeletons. I distinctly recall being scared of my Six Million Dollar Man "Bionic Transport And Repair Station" because the diagnostic Xray screens showed bones.



Virginia
Friday 03rd of October 2008 11:02 pm



Dr. Freeze as a villain from the old Batman cartoons. When I was five I had a dream he froze my family in blocks of ice, and if we moved we'd shatter to pieces. My siblings never moved but when my dad came into the room to tell me he loved me I reached out to him and then shattered into a million little pieces, and Dr. Freeze handed my dad a plastic dustpan and he swept me up.



California
Saturday 04th of October 2008 12:36 am



I was four or five. Our old house had an huge, ancient TV from the 50's in the attic. Intrigued, I asked my Dad to turn it on. The screen slowly glowed white and it let out a loud, unearthly hum. Panicked, I told him to turn it off. But now, old video equipment is one of my passions.



Oregon
Saturday 04th of October 2008 1:28 am



The Langoliers



Washington
Saturday 04th of October 2008 3:29 pm



somehow my parents let me 'n my sisters see the previews for "It Came from Hell" after some kid's movie - i can still FEEL what it felt like to keep thinking about that tree monster - gosh, i thought this would be a fun article but i could only make myself read about an eighth of the way though till ALL these things started to creep me out - too many clowns!



Pennsylvania
Sunday 05th of October 2008 4:50 am

Nick

ELP's Brain Salad Surgery album cover used to give me nightmares after flipping through my parents' stack of vinyls.



Alabama
Sunday 05th of October 2008 10:46 pm



When I was around 6 or 7, I was taken to the local YMCA for swimming lessons. Being 1 of a group of around 12, we were each given a partner with whom we would be together for the remainder of the lessons; around 2 weeks. My partner was a girl of my age fine in every respect except for the fact she was missing her right eye. Normally this might not have affected me, however she couldn't wear a patch while swimming. What I was left looking at almost the entire time was sucked in eyelids hugging the recesses of an empty whole where an eye should be. My God! The horror! I could swear I smelled that socket (thinking back I know it must have been the chlorine I smelled). I remember the fear when I needed to reach out for her. How happy I was when it was time to go home. The really sad part is that my swimming skills suffer to this day; I doggie paddle around just hoping I never have to deal with that nightmare again.



California
Monday 06th of October 2008 12:49 am

Black Chris

Nightmare on Elm Street. Scared the $#!T outta me as a kid. No movie has really scared me since. The very idea that he could kill you in your sleep made everything else seem tame in comparison. What you gonna do: not go to sleep, ever? I was 5 and became obsessed with Krueger. I had all the toys, sticker books, the hat & blade glove, all of it. hehe.



New Jersey
Monday 06th of October 2008 9:17 am



I was about 5 when I watched the Creature From the Black Lagoon with my dad. It scared me so badly, even clutching my dolly to me did not help. My mom got nad at my dad for letting me watch it.



Florida
Monday 06th of October 2008 9:35 pm



I find it funny that I am not the only person who thinks Watcher in the Woods was scary. I haven't seen it since I was young, and I don't remember much about it, besides the whole Karen/Nerak thing. Oh the nightmares. Damn that church lock-in that showed it!



Georgia
Thursday 09th of October 2008 8:17 am



When I was a kid there was some random (probably Disney) movie on TV where a deaf guy was running down some train tracks and GOT RUN OVER BECAUSE HE COULDN'T HEAR THE TRAIN!!!! I've hated trains ever since.



Nevada
Thursday 09th of October 2008 4:11 pm



adult humans.



Washington DC
Thursday 09th of October 2008 4:50 pm



I was scared of alien abduction in the night. I told my brother. He told me if I told anyone else, they'd put me in an asylum. So then I was afraid of asylums.



Missouri
Thursday 09th of October 2008 11:31 pm

Boo Boo

I remember a B horror flick from the early 70s that included giant spiders invading homes and making webs across doorways that would capture people just walking around their homes. Game Over. I have been terrified of spiders of all sizes ever since.



Illinois
Saturday 11th of October 2008 7:45 pm



My grandparents (not the cool ones, the other ones) had a very old plantation home in Louisiana. It had some really big closets. One of the closets had a dummy in a KKK suit, and it was rigged with a string on the door such that the dummy would raise its arm when you opened the door. I unsuspectingly opened the door, and entered into a lifetime of fear and hatred for that house...



Oklahoma
Sunday 12th of October 2008 5:48 am

wry mouth

The movie with the brains with spines attached, CALIFORNIA, was called, (I believe) "Fiend Without a Face" and was disturbing when I saw parts of it as a kid too. The African terror-doll was not from Outer Limits or Twilight Zone but from the 70's made-for-tv thriller "Trilogy of Terror;" my wife and I still call it the "Trilogy of Terror" Doll to this day.



California
Monday 13th of October 2008 10:44 am

wry mouth

Ever notice how many of these are due to parents, etc., letting too-small children watch too-grownup stuff? What's wrong with people?! And how many of us are making the same mistake today?!



California
Monday 13th of October 2008 10:46 am

wry mouth

Finally -- My NON-MOVIE scary thing was the "Lightning Monsters" I invented in my youth: people-things you could only see in brief, lightning-like glimpses as they got closer to your house. The stuff of pre-sleep nightmares. I had to invent the Mattress -- my mattress -- as a benevolent guardian, who protected me from such things.



California
Monday 13th of October 2008 10:48 am



I was scared to death of the lady that pops out in the fake nose and glasses at the end of the video for "Who's Johnny" by El Debarge. Still not really sure why.



Georgia
Tuesday 14th of October 2008 2:28 pm



Carwashes



Pennsylvania
Tuesday 14th of October 2008 3:47 pm



Fantasy Island: Woman and the Skeleton in the Mirror. Glad I was not alone on this one!



Massachusetts
Tuesday 14th of October 2008 4:19 pm



Man, we would all be fun on a camp out together wouldn't we?? I was scared of lots of things.. the things that stick out the most is LARGE MARGE from Pee Wee. I had to turn on ALL the lights in our house at night because I was afraid she would jump out at me from the dark. Also the little troll thing from Cats Eye. I would break out in cold sweats over that thing at night!



Ohio
Tuesday 14th of October 2008 9:52 pm



Oregon: YES, open faced stairs are creepy!! Always afraid a zombie or demon hand will shoot out and grab me. The dark still scares me a little.. I am afraid an un-dead japanese kid with a backwards head is staring at me in the dark and I can't see it. Damn horror movies.



Ohio
Tuesday 14th of October 2008 10:07 pm

Jimbo

In the movie "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" there is a scene where Jessica is having a nice serene swim in a country pond... completely unaware that a dead-woman-ghost in a long white ghost-gown is underwater and swimming toward her underwater... reaching for Jessica's leg to drag her under. I still won't swim in a lake or pond to this day.



New York
Thursday 16th of October 2008 10:44 am

Jimbo

In the movie "Let's Scare Jessica to Death" there is a scene where Jessica is having a nice serene swim in a country pond... completely unaware that a dead-woman-ghost in a long white ghost-gown is underwater and swimming toward her... reaching for Jessica's leg to drag her under. I still won't swim in a lake or pond to this day.



New York
Thursday 16th of October 2008 10:45 am



Okay - as a small child I was terrifed of public toilets. THEY ARE SO LOUD and they might overflow and what would I do!!!! Even now I flush with my foot and I'm 32.



Texas
Friday 17th of October 2008 6:45 am

unclenugs

I remember Running out of the Michael Jackson show at Disneyland, screaming as a child. the memory has stuck with me my entire life.



California
Friday 17th of October 2008 10:54 pm



Man, I didn't even get to the kid-burying part of Pet Cemetary: the undead cat freaked me out, and the cemetary itself was absolutely frightening. I couldn't sleep for a week after seeing even that much because I was too afraid of zombie animals coming to kill me.



Minnesota
Saturday 18th of October 2008 1:44 am



I could watch the movie IT when I was 7(in the middle of the night) and it didn't scare me(became my favorite movie until I was 10), I even dreamed of playing games with Freddie Krueger. But, sounds on the staircase leading to my bedroom scared me. My cat hated me and I always thought she was coming to attack me, I would actually hope it was ghosts.



Ohio
Monday 20th of October 2008 10:46 pm

AlliMackfromGA

Ouija Boards were what freaked us out. After The Exorcist and reports of the three of us (children, ages 7 and 8) seeing haunted floating thingies in the house ... yeah the folks tossed the Ouija Board. I knew my sister wasn't pushing her side!



Georgia
Tuesday 21st of October 2008 3:47 pm



When I was a kid, Spiderman scared me - but only at the end of the opening credits when he swung toward the screen. (I could watch the show with no problem.) My siblings would sit me directly in front of the TV and hold my eyelids open while I screamed bloddy murder because I thought he was going to jump out of the TV.



Ohio
Wednesday 22nd of October 2008 12:44 pm



When I was little my cousin and aunt had this pull-string Pee Wee Herman doll that scared the crap outta me. I would freak out every time I saw it. My Uncle would threaten to take it out and scare me just for laughs. Evil relatives.



Ohio
Friday 24th of October 2008 7:56 am

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It looks to me like you've got a pic of the wrong piece for New Jersey.



New Jersey
Friday 24th of October 2008 8:06 am



Walked into the room when a part from "Mommy Dearest" was playing on some show. That's right, when she beats her with the hanger. Of course, I was little and just saw the white face make-up and crazy look in her eye and believed that the poor little girl's mother had actually been possessed or something.



Maine
Friday 24th of October 2008 9:24 am

Isai

El Cucuy!



California
Saturday 25th of October 2008 11:59 am



There was a PBS show called Ghostwriter, (He's a ghost... and he writes to us!) about a group of inner-city kids who work together to solve mysteries. In one episode, a monster made of grape bubblegum named Gooey Gus from one of the kid's stories comes to life. Horrifying.



Washington
Sunday 26th of October 2008 5:30 pm

Slothgar

Trilogy of Terror! Did we all watch this movie at the same time? The same doll can be seen in the game “Diablo II." And, Watcher in the Woods, that girl in the bell… But subsequent watching of Watcher and Trilogy do not provide the same results. I am still somewhat anxious about when Ernie and Bert visited the a pyramid. I could do this all day…



Wisconsin
Thursday 30th of October 2008 11:54 am



The Air Conditioner vent used to sound like someone whispering and my brother told me someone was trapped in the duct work who wanted to get me, plus whenever a car went by, the headlights reflected across the sweetpea that ran up the side of the house and sometimes it looked like a face across the ceiling in my room.



Massachusetts
Thursday 30th of October 2008 3:16 pm



A couple things I saw bits of: the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when everyone's face melts off; a bit of the opera Oedipus, when he's gouging out his eyes (I only figured out what it was years later -- I just remember a singing guy with empty bloody eye sockets); Doctor Who -- it was on right after some kids' programs and the minute that theme song started I would RUN.



Wyoming
Thursday 30th of October 2008 10:13 pm



The Twilight Zone: Whenever I got to stay home because I was sick, I would watch tv to pass the time. Of course, I was delirious from the fever so I would be seeing things and imagining things (threw a magazine into our pool once for no apparent reason. Realized afterward and got it back out). So Twilight Zone + delirium = bad dreams and tv off whenever it came on. Oh, and clowns.



California
Friday 31st of October 2008 12:33 am

Amber

Peter Lorre. Especially the animated Peter Lorre from the old Warner Bros. cartoons. *shudders*



Montana
Friday 31st of October 2008 11:07 am



Thunderbirds - those marionet puppet/spawn of Satan. I could not even watch Team America.



Colorado
Friday 31st of October 2008 12:19 pm



There was this game called Phantasmagoria. The ad for had a giant curtain that looked like it was possessed and spattered with blood. It was a nerdy kid, so I read a lot of Mac magazines, and the Phantasmagoria ads from then (1995?) scared the crap out of me. My mom eventually had to rip the ads out of the magazine, at which point I felt sorry for those pages.



Indiana
Sunday 02nd of November 2008 1:28 pm

jazawayaya

spiders under the toilet seat. I would life the seat and check every single time i went to the toilet for 7 years straight of my childhood. I was also scared of not being near a toilet in case i needed to go and would make sure i went to the toilet every single time i was near one.



Alaska
Sunday 02nd of November 2008 2:07 pm



oh by the way. refering to the above post, im not from alaska. I am from Oz but there was no option for that and alaska sounded best. :)



Alaska
Sunday 02nd of November 2008 2:08 pm



I am so relieved that other people were terrified by that Fantasy Island episode! I had a dance teacher who told us one Halloween that a vampire would follow us home if we danced badly. For years I was convinced he sleeping under my bed & I'm still afraid of under the bed. Clowns - reading It sealed the deal. The movies Creepshow & the first Nightmare on Elm Street totally freaked me out



Texas
Monday 03rd of November 2008 9:36 pm

beatlebrent

John Lennon going down the drain in the movie "Hard Day's Night". I saw it when i was 3. Freaked me out. My parents had to buy me a Mr. Rodgers record where he sang a song called "You'll never go down the drain".



Utah
Tuesday 04th of November 2008 11:41 am

fraidy-cat

Cracked closet doors, thanks to the Boogeyman movie, aye caramba that scared me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogeyman_(film) I would go to great lengths to make sure all closet doors were always closed at all time. Ok, I still do that. I cannot go to sleep if my closet door is cracked & I am 36 years old!



Texas
Tuesday 04th of November 2008 1:58 pm

trint99

When I was really young (less than six) I had recurring nightmares about the guy with the bag over his head from the Gong Show. My first real, full-body, adrenaline-laced scream came when the dead guys face comes out of the hole in the boat in Jaws.



Texas
Wednesday 05th of November 2008 10:18 am



Exploding head from "Scanners".



Florida
Wednesday 05th of November 2008 2:22 pm

m.avila

I was scared of Kermit the Frog because at four years old I had a very vivid dream that I was in a Sesame Street sketch where Kermit was painting on a canvas, and then he suddenly went evil and ate the painting and ate my leg.



Texas
Wednesday 12th of November 2008 5:32 am



The scene from My Girl where the Boy dies from the Bees. Also, any scene from a movie where you hear children singing 'rain rain go away' or 'mary had a little lamb'. WTF??



Maryland
Wednesday 12th of November 2008 8:54 am

Liv

When I was in grade school I saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer and was afraid of vampires for a good few years. I always had to have something covering my neck when I slept; a shirt, a blanket. Funny now that vampire movies are my guilty pleasure...I hated scary movies when I was a kid, but I love them now.



Minnesota
Wednesday 12th of November 2008 7:10 pm



The "Pink Elephants" part of Dumbo always scared me.



Iowa
Sunday 23rd of November 2008 1:34 pm



Some show on Nostradumus with Orson Welles scared the crap out of a 10-year-old me.



North Carolina
Monday 24th of November 2008 9:52 am



That scene from Naked Gun where a guy swallows a fire hose then explodes. It wasn't even onscreen but the sound effects were enough. I was really young and didn't understand it was supposed to be comedy.



Delaware
Wednesday 26th of November 2008 5:56 am



"Free Willy" After seeing that, I'd freak out whenever I was in water deeper than 4ft. Pathetic.



Massachusetts
Saturday 29th of November 2008 2:05 pm



I was always scared of the flying monkeys from "The Wizard of Oz" i have no idea why. but to this day they still creep me out a little.



New Hampshire
Saturday 29th of November 2008 2:24 pm



I alway hated ventriloquest dummies d/t one of the Twilight Zone shows. Jeff Dunham dummies have changed that fear



New York
Sunday 30th of November 2008 11:38 am



I HATE HATE HATE CLOWNS!!! I first was scared of them because of the movie The Brave Little Toaster, and then it escalated to circus clowns and then was all clowns.



Massachusetts
Monday 01st of December 2008 6:57 am



There was an episode of Soap in the late 70's or early 80's. It had a possessed baby which you could hear shouting in a baritone voice, freaked me out for years, still sends a chill now in fact, eek.



Vermont
Tuesday 09th of December 2008 2:56 pm

Alli

When I was young, we lived in Brooklyn NY, but in the summers we would go up to the Catskills. Most towns up there have a fire horn, which goes off when a fire is called in. To a 5 yr old it sounds like a giant monster, calling mournfully. Gave me nightmare for years.



New York
Tuesday 09th of December 2008 4:21 pm



An air raid siren is still the scariest sound ever. Also, as a kid, I would not open my eyes underwater in the deep end of the pool because I was terrified of the dark square drain.



Texas
Tuesday 09th of December 2008 4:56 pm

Ozzy

My aunt and uncle took me to see The Exorcist when I was about nine. I was scared of everything! Shortly after that they took me to see Jaws. I would rather they beat me and lock me in a closet. I was screwed up for years.



Florida
Saturday 13th of December 2008 9:41 am

Waverly

I was scared to watch the last part of Fantasia, I thought that if I watched that last part, with the devil and little dancing demons and all, and ENJOYED watching it, that somehow that meant I was evil.



North Carolina
Monday 15th of December 2008 11:37 pm



Daddy Longlegs. They were a head, with legs attached, and no body. And the legs fell off ridiculously easy - whenever you brushed one off of you, it would leave a leg or two behind as a going away present.



Minnes


Bees and high places. I'm sort of over my fear of high places. Bees (and any stinging insect) make me very uncomfortable to this day.



Iowa
Monday 22nd of December 2008 11:40 am

Ice9

Skeletons. Not those cute ones in black & white cartoons that danced in unison to the jazz tune Powerhouse, but real skeletons. Big skeletons. As a little kid, I saw the restored skeleton of a Wooley Mammoth at the L.A. County Museum, and it haunted me forever. It was under my bed at night. I wasn't into physics, so I never rationalized the imposibilities of my fears. I'm OK now.



California
Tuesday 23rd of December 2008 7:50 am

splatman

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Washington
Wednesday 31st of December 2008 12:42 am

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(splat continued from above) smashing up glass, including cathode ray tubes from defunct TVs; I even built a box with a steel plate inside 4 smashing stuff on, and a series of screens 4 sorting the fragments by size, and laminated-glass window 4 viewing w/o glass shrapnel flying about. I use the pulverized glass as aggregate in concrete. Movie-based fears only lasted a year or less.



Washington
Wednesday 31st of December 2008 12:51 am



The potential of a snow fort collapsing, trapping me without oxygen.



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